SANDY OSTRAU

In my work I strive to take a scene, a person or a landscape and condense it into a very direct and simplified statement. My goal is to strip away all of the superfluous detail and present each scenario in its essence.

Sandy grew up in Palo Alto, California, where she was an active student at the Palo Alto Art Center through high school. The artist continued studio classes and studied Art History at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Sandy Ostrau, Artist - Spindrift GalleryAfter a stint in marketing communications for a Silicon Valley company, Sandy spent several years creating silkscreen and hand-painted clothing and other items for sale through Nordstrom and other Northern California retailers. Eventually, the artist decided to focus solely on fine art oil paintings. Sandy has also taken numerous painting and drawing classes at the Pacific Art League and the Art Center in Palo Alto, and was a student of Jim Smyth and Brigitte Curt at the California Academy of Painters.

She now resides in Palo Alto, CA and spends considerable time on the North Coast, at The Sea Ranch, CA

“In my work I strive to take a scene, a person or a landscape and condense it into a very direct and simplified statement. My goal is to strip away all of the superfluous detail and present each scenario in its essence. I try to reach a point where details are not important, and specifics don’t matter. This sense of ambiguity or vagueness allows viewers to interpret each painting in their own ways, to attach their own meanings and significances, and to experience these scenes on their own terms and according to their own desires. The precise “who and where” that may form the source of each painting therefore becomes irrelevant at the end.

In addition to this design process, I use texture to create a sense of dimensionality, to create a perception of three dimensions in two, to encourage the viewer to experience each composition as if they were actually there, to create their own narrative.”

Craig Gilliland
Owner
Lori Dotson
Gallery Director

Cypress Village Gallery District
39102 Ocean Drive Gualala, CA

Sea Ranch Lodge
The Sea Ranch, CA

info@spindriftgallery.com
P.O. Box 602 - Gualala, CA 95445
707.884.4484

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