Sandra Starkey was born in San Antonio, Texas, traveled
with her Airforce parents, spenting most of her life in Texas,
Hawaii, England and Alabama. In her formative years she learned
to appreciate the arts from her talented, entertainer mother.
Upon her mother's death, an accomplished
watercolorist/oil artist, Helen DeVoto, guided Sandra through
her teenage years. It was in El Paso, Texas that Sandra was
exposed to painting and studied oil painting with Harry
She continued her painting while simultaneously
pursuing successful careers in real estate and cosmetology. In
1990, after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Park
University of Missouri, she moved to Huntsville, AL, then to
Virginia to continue her art career.