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