"Why Did a Nice Girl Like Anna Sandhu Wed James Earl Ray? 'I Love Him,' She Says"
By Joyce Leviton, October 30, 1978, People Magazine
The wedding day, Friday the 13th, was bleak and rainy, and the setting—the visiting gallery at Tennessee's grim Brushy Mountain state prison—was an incongruous one for festivity. The groom, in a borrowed sportcoat, trembled visibly. Afterward the bride, freelance artist Anna Sailing Sandhu, 31, celebrated with friends at a quiet restaurant in Knoxville. Her new husband, James Earl Ray, 50, spent his wedding night in his cell, where he is serving a 99-year sentence for the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Why should Sandhu, an educated (University of Tennessee), strong-willed divorcee, choose to link her future with that of a convicted assassin? Perhaps part of the answer may be found in her past. Years ago her father disinherited her after her marriage to an Indian student. "He told me I needn't come home anymore," recalls Sandhu. "The challenge seemed to turn me on. I felt I had enough strength to do anything I wanted. And I had something to prove." Recently Sandhu spoke movingly of her new marriage with PEOPLE correspondent Joyce Leviton. (The entire article is interesting and well worth reading, but space does not permit it here).
"Hi my name is Anna. I was born in the Unica Mountains of Virginia. I began painting at five. My mother always critiqued my work, which drove me to always do better. I was a sketch artist for CBS and was involved in the Snail Darter Trial, which lead to me handling the James Earl Ray Brushy Mountain Prison escape trial. I assisted Steve Oglesby by sketching James Earl Ray for his documentary Ray, the Man. James Earl and I had the same interest in art which lead us eventually to be married.
Originally, I did a lot of landscape art and sketches of people. My grandmother always wanted me to do floral paintings, but it wasn't until after her death that I acquired the capabilities of doing florals.
My paintings are currently done with Acrylic Liquitex heavy body paint. It looks like oil, but is even more durable. I always use this on canvas. My painting starts with a pen and ink, then ink washed with pastel highlights as well as what I call "controlled splattering". This allows me to use many different colored spots with a brush, to give a soft, yet colorful impression of scenic features. This gives my art a stained glass type of look, which leads the viewer to imagine it's a place they would like to go.
I have used watercolor, pen and ink, oil, and pastels (chalk).
I certainly hope you enjoy my art as much as I enjoy making it for you.
God Bless America
Anna Sandhu Ray
Aritist: Anna Sandhu Ray, (American b. 1946)
Medium: Oil Painting on heavy paper.
Size: 5 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches; framed 13 1/4 by 11 1/4 inches.
Signed: Lower Left.
Condition: Painting is in Very Good to Excellent Condition. The frame is appropriate and in very good condition. There is a scratch on the acrylic that
does no damage to the painting.
The Gallery Price Label of $750.00 remains on the front left top.
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