Working with thick acrylics, most often with a palette knife applying layers and layers of paint and glaze, scraping, and adding and subtracting a piece evolves, resulting in colorful and energetic visual excitement. The work is created on thick border canvas. The sides of the canvas are painted. No framing is required. For the creation of my work, I use dry pigments, acrylic paint, modeling paste and different types of gel mediums. My work has texture, finish and depth. I have developed my own glazing techniques to create this effect.
My paintings are not representational allowing the viewer to use their imagination to tell their own story. My paintings reflect what I feel in my heart and imagination, not what I see in front of me, which translates not to a representation of something tangible, but to a painting full of emotion and thought.
My name is Sandra Chu and I paint under the name of Sander, my given nom de brosse at Indiana University. Born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in Indiana, I moved to California in 1970. I retired from corporate life in 2008 and began to pursue my lifelong dream of being a full time artist. In 2017 I made the decision to return to Louisville after living in Los Angeles for 47 years to expand my Art to the east coast and be with family.
Art is a family tradition, starting with my grandfather who painted frescos in cathedrals in Milan, my cousin Leon Battista Alberti artist and architect from Florence, my Aunt Eleanor Marfisi who was an author, artist, and musician, my Uncle Caesar Berra who encouraged me to paint watercolors at age 6, and my mother who until age 96 still painted. I knew at an early age that art was going to be a strong influence in my life and I wanted to learn as much as possible. Whenever I travel I go to every museum and gallery to study and experience the work. Impressionism struck a particular chord with me because it broke the rules of academic painting by giving colors primacy over lines. Art has always been a passion of mine and now, I can pursue my dream full time.
I studied charcoal drawing for 4 years at the Louisville Junior Gallery, 3 summers of plein air drawings, as well as drawing and painting curriculum at Indiana University, ceramics classes Apple Valley Jr. College. I received a B.A. from Cal State Dominguez Hills in Studio Art, specializing in sculpture.
My work has been featured in Easy Reader newspaper Art Section as well as Long Beach Press Telegram, & shown on the cover of DIGGS magazine, Victoza Commercial and Killer Instinct TV Show and Tops Louisvile.
Torrance Marriott Solo Show, Show Ma Griffe Galerie in San Pedro, CA, at Norris Center of Performing Arts Upstairs Gallery, CA, Solo Show at Frame and Art Dept in Hermosa Beach, CA, Bottle Inn Rivera Redondo Beach, Wine Bistro Redondo Beach, Sophie’s Place Redondo Beach, Krystal Day Spa Studio City, CA. July 2018 Kore Gallery in Louisville, KY.
Dominguez Hills Gallery, Indiana University Student Gallery, Summer Studio, Lomita, CA, Buenaventura CMH Exhibit, CA, Buenaventura Art Gallery, CA, Harbor Village Gallery, CA, Malaga Cove Lawn Shows, CA 2010-2016,Art at the Beach in Torrance, CA, Crowne Plaza Hotel Gallery, Ventura, CA, Power of Art Shows 2011-2014 Redondo Beach ,CA , Malibu Art Show, CA, Juried Holiday Shows in Palos Verdes Art Center 2010-2016, The Loft San Pedro, CA, Croatian Cultural Center, CA, Brewery Art Walk 2013, CA, CA 101 Juried Show 2012-2016, DNA Studio in Santa Barbara, CA, Earth Day & Walk About & Harvest Festival in Lunada Bay, CA, Cannery Row Gallery, Redondo Beach, CA, 608 North Gallery, Redondo Beach, CA, Hermosa Beach Art Walk 2011 – 2016, Rolling Hills Country Club 2013-14, CA, Palm Springs show at Francis Stevens Park 2014, Group Shows at Frame and Art Dept in Hermosa Beach, CA, Lexus Shows 2014-16, Menlo Park 2014-15, Healdsburg Art Show 2015,Beverly Hills Art Shows 2014-2016, Long Beach West Coast Artist Show 2014, Newport Beach On the Green Show2014-15, Westwood Art Show, Huntington Beach Art Show, Rolling Hills Art & Wine & Beer Festival, Indian Wells Art Festival 2016, & Mission San Diego Art Walk 2016. Mellwood Art Show September 2017 & 2018, La Grange Art Show, LVA open Studio weekend 2017 and Kore Gallery 2018 Black and White Show.
My work can be found in private collections throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Work is on display at Kore Gallery at Mellwood Arts Center, Louisville, KY & Traditional Art Today in Ferdinand, IN.