My work is shaped by my experience in the natural realm – years spent exploring wild places and abandoned urban landscapes – and by a passion for science. Principles of geology, botany, astronomy and physics inform both content and process.
Much of the work investigates change and the act of becoming. I am fascinated with physical transformation in natural phenomena, whether on a geologic time scale or in a moment’s reflection. And I am an observer of human behavior and the transformative role of humanity’s place in natural historical context.
The physical act of painting as I practice it is driven by exploration, chance, gravity. My process entails building a history of surfaces, forces and materials over time, affecting the dynamics of color, light and form.
Saundra U. McPherson lives and works in San Francisco.
Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, California
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery
Oracle Corporation, Redwood City California
Charles Schwab Corporation, San Francisco California
Chazen Museum of Art, Madison Wisconsin
education, affiliations & publications
2010 Winner, NRDC Environmental Art Prize
2007-08 Folly Magazine
2008 Studio Visit Magazine
2003 Accepted to the National Association of Women Artists, New York
1992-1999 San Francisco Art Institute Extension, and University of California, Berkeley Extension
1989 M.S. Non-Profit Art Management, Drexel University, Philadelphia
1981 B.S. Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley