Sandra has been drawing since she was a young child. Greatly influenced by an English aunt and uncle who were talented artists and a grandmother who was a Pennsylvania Dutch quilter, she knew early on that she wanted to pursue art when she grew up.
As a teen, Nystrom studied under Albert Sanski, a New Jersey oil painter, who taught her the intricacies of working with oils, painting portraits and landscapes. Later, she went to Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, and after a year in basic art training, she chose the field of textiles that combined her early interest in color, design and fabrics.
After earning her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Moore, Nystrom moved to New York to work in the textile industry and spent most of her career there designing and marketing textiles and related products.
Now living in Woodstock, New York, the renowned upstate artist colony, she resides permanently in the house that she and her architect husband, Martin Nystrom, designed. She maintains a studio there that overlooks a large pond with views of mountains that have become her daily inspiration.
Nystrom has studied at The Green Studio, New York, The Art Students League, the New School University and at The Woodstock School of Art. She exhibits frequently in Woodstock and surrounding upstate galleries as well as in New York.