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. My paintings reflect my joy and passion for nature, and my paintings convey a lyrical sense of space and movement in time. Art is a wonderful way to express feelings and engage the viewer to connect, in a way that words cannot. I love painting subjects that convey passion, power and movement in strong colors and capture a magical moment.
Nature affords the opportunity to simultaneously express powerful and tender emotions and just as nature sustains life it can be harsh and unforgiving. The ever-changing ocean with its power and myriad of colors particularly feeds my creative fire as I become part of the waves I paint. I want the viewer to feel the ocean spray, hear the waves crashing and sense the immense power and passion. When I paint flowers I try to capture their grace and beautiful colors so strong yet so delicate. Trees have always been magical to me. Walking in the woods, I am enthralled by the way the branches swayed and the light dances on the leaves. Each tree has story and I invite the viewer to recall their memories. My paintings vary as I continue to grow and challenge myself.
Art is a family tradition, starting with my grandfather who painted frescos in Milan, my Aunt Eleanor Marfisi who was an author, artist, and musician, and my Uncle Caesar who encouraged me to paint watercolors at age 6. 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. I continue to study with recognized artists and painting groups as well as through workshops, classes and plein aire experiences.
Exhibits: I have exhibited at Dominguez Hills Gallery, Indiana University Student Gallery, at the Louisville Junior Gallery, Indiana Art Festivals, Summer Studios, Lomita, Solo Shows Ma Griffe Galerie 2009 & 2010, CMH Exhibits, Buenaventura Art Galleries, Malaga Cove Lawn Shows, Art at the Beach in Torrance, Palos Verdes Art Center – Norris Gallery, Crowne Plaza Hotel Fall/Winter Show 2010, Spring/Summer Show 2011, Ventura CA , Solo Show at Norris Center of Performing Arts February – March 2011,Hermosa Beach Art Walk 2011, Gallery 104 San Clemente, Toyota Auto Museum, Malibu Art Festival 2011,Power of Art 2011 & Loft San Pedro Coastal Show.
I am President Peninsula Artists, Palos Verdes Art Center, Secretary Palos Verdes Art Center Executive Group, as well as a member of Artists Open Access Group , Torrance Art Guild, Redondo Beach Art Group, and Art Seen Redondo Village, Redondo Beach.