"these are the happiest days of my life"
My father painted for pure enjoyment . He love to creat rather then destroy.
Alfred Peter Sandford was born in London , England in 1928.. Growing up poor in war torn London,my father knew education was the way out.He attend Enfield Technical Collage and became a mechanical engineer . His job was making blueprints and drawing designs for machines. In early 1950s he left the UK and went to Toronto, Canada to work for Boeing .Several years later applied for entry to United States and came to New York City . 1960s gave my father a family ,a house in Queens,a job to support his family. He started to attend The Art Students League at night and also took classes at The New School,both in New York.He painted in his free time ,which was never enough. Upon retirement painting became his passion .He painted on his travels to the French countryside and spent many summers on Monhegan Island ,Maine .Both are subjects of many of his works.He was also seen painting in the parks in and around NYC.He was immersed in art and had reached a point in his life that made him happy. While painting he had little concern about sales or showing his work.Occasionally he would show his work at the annual show at Art Student League.Mostly he saved his art for himself. Now in his eighties and slowing down he decided to start preparing his art to show and share. This final stage of his painting left unfinished.He pasted away in 2011 after a battle with cancer.