W. Stanley “Sandy” Proctor (1939- )
W. Stanley “Sandy” Proctor has a national reputation as a professional sculptor of the highest caliber. Prior to concentrating in bronze sculpture, Proctor was an accomplished painter and stone carver whose work has been displayed at museums of national and international recognition.
Proctor is a self-taught artist who began his career as a painter, working in watercolor, oils, and acrylic. As a child and young man, Sandy sketched and painted what he knew and what inspired him. His love of the outdoors, birds, flowers, trees, landscapes and animals provided. His paintings were chosen for many juried shows including Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum, Leigh Yawkey Birds in Art, Southern Watercolor Society Show, and Florida Watercolor Society Show. Additionally, his paintings traveled to shows at the Smithsonian Museum, the British Museum of Natural History, and the Royal Scottish Academy.
From painting, Sandy began pursuing more three-dimensional mediums. He carved alabaster and marble for many years, teaching himself to grind and chip away the stone to reveal the persona within. Once he began working in clay and sculpting, however, he found his final love. Teaching himself clay working techniques and perfecting the use of a Styrofoam armature, Proctor has become adept at depicting people and their unique traits, characteristics and personalities as he captures and portrays moments in life.