I was born prematurley at six months with severly unoperatable impaired vision and a misaligned left eye. My parents expected me to succeed in public schools, but it was at a time when there was less acceptance of differences, so school life was difficult. Art provided a refuge, a place where I found solace and through which I developed skills to offset my difficulties. Leagally blind in one eye chalenges depth perception which is something I have tried to "see" as I work with the figure and portraiture.
Vandra Pentecost is a conceptual figurative painter inspired by comparative religion, world culture and the subtleties and sensuality of the human spirit. In 2014 she recieved the Indianapolis Art Center's Skip McKinney Faculty of the Year Fellowship award of $20,000 which enabled her to expand her figurative exploration through a variey of workshops in drawing, painting and sculpture with national and international artists.
Vandra’s award winning work has been shown in state and regional exhibits and galleries. In the 2007-08 Lilly Oncology on Canvas exhibition, her digital piece was chosen to hang in the international opening exhibit at the Royal College of Art in London, England, the US opening in NY, and traveled in the 2008 national tour.
She is a member of The Indiana Artists Club, Portfolio, the Hoosier Salon, and the Indianapolis Art Center. where she was Drawing and Painting Department Head 2011 - 2013, and continues as an instructor of painting and drawing and monitors several open studio life drawing classes weekly.
Vandra is co-owner of Linder Design, a husband and wife team, specializing in large-scale public and private murals, illustration, graphic design and non-electric signage. In 2008 she was the creative director and technical consultant for the Lilly Day of Service Mural Project, working with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Eli Lilly in partnership with Manual High School students to create five murals on the Monon Trail and three murals along Madison Avenue, for which the 1,230’ wall has received the Guinness World Record for the longest paint by number mural.
Vandra was creative director the 2009 Lilly Mural Project in partnership with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful which included mural sites on the D Loop by the Zoo working with the Key School students, two sites along Westfield Boulevard in Broad Ripple working with Broad Ripple HS, and the Morris Street west tunnels with Manual students. Also included were 20 interior and exterior murals for eight neighborhood community centers designed by Vandra; Brightwood, Concord, Southeast, Goodwin, Mary Rigg and Wm. Penn, LaShonna Bates Pool at School 46, Martin Luther King and the Indianapolis Zoo.
Since 2009 she has conducted the International Festival's Italian Street Painting chalk events helping the public create Old Master reproductions using roofing tar paper and chalk.