Evolution of an Artist
December 30, 2013

My first article has finally been published! Evolution of an Artist was published in the GNSI Journal of Natural Science Illustration this month. Thank you to the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators for putting me in the Spotlight! The Guild, or GNSI, is a professional organization committed to the nurturing and promoting of its members and is an important educational resource for anyone interested in this specialized genre of illustration work. They also provide important networking opportunities and general camaraderie for its members. I have been a member off and on since finishing graduate school in 1992. You can find out more about them by visiting

Writing is something I've long wanted to do but never had the courage until recently. Like all good projects, it was a collaboration with support from several members of the guild and my husband. It is my first piece of writing but hopefully not my last. Below is the opening paragraph. To read the full article just click on the link at the end. Enjoy! Your feedback is most welcome.

"Bushwhack. One definition says “to make one’s way through woods by cutting at undergrowth, branches, etc.” This is how I ended up rolling through life.

Born into a family with an alcoholic father and a mother busy working to pay the bills and raise three children, “nurturing” was virtually non-existent in my rearing. We hear this sort of story all the time and most certainly there are people who had it much worse than I. But, this environment guided my early years and led me to seek attention and acceptance outwardly, have poor study habits in high school, low self-esteem, no long-term vision, etc. Fortunately, I soon realized the surrogate environment and bad attitude were just more dead ends and not the life I wanted. It took a while for this lost soul to find the confidence to start a journey completely alone. But I did. And that’s what matters in this story."

For Chair-ity
July 1, 2011

EXETER — Decorated with starry nights, owls, sunflowers, stripes and fish, 14 Adirondack chairs will be ready for bidding July 2.

The chairs were built by 16 members of the New Outlook Teen Center during spring break as part of the Girls at Work Program. These teenage girls built the chairs in just two days.

Bid on 14 beautifully decorated Adirondack chairs. Proceeds benefit the New Outlook Teen Center. Bidding is July 2 to 16 at

Paintings Stolen From NH Hospital
February 18, 2011

EXETER, N.H. (CBS) – Seacoast artists like Sandy McDermott have to wait up to a year for the honor of displaying and selling their work at Exeter Hospital. The facility lets local artisans showcase their pieces for a month at a time. Patients, visitors, and staff are able to buy them. McDermott’s turn was this month and she chose 21 drawings and watercolors to share. Then, Tuesday, security called...

Art for Cancer Patients Stolen from NH Hospital
February 18, 2011

EXETER, N.H.- Two paintings intended to raise money for cancer patients were stolen from the Exeter Hospital earlier this week. Hospital officials say the two paintings were snatched from a charity art wall on Valentine's Day between 8 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. The wall is dedicated to the 'Beyond the Rainbow' Fund, a non profit that raises money for cancer patients.

Capturing Home: Exeter Artist Sketches Families Treasures
May 15, 2009

From the time she could hold a pencil, Sandy McDermott drew pictures. Although she didn’t take a formal art class until college, she continued drawing, eventually becoming a Natural Science Illustrator, then an art teacher. Along the way she developed a strong affinity for the town of Exeter, her home for the last eight years. As her career transitioned from Natural Science illustration to creating house and garden portraits, McDermott decided to donate a portion of the sales from select portraits to the Exeter Historical Society.