Sandra C. Berkson
contemporary abstract artist

Artist Statement


I was born in California and resided in the San Francisco Bay Area until recently moving to Mesa Arizona. Since childhood I have had a lifelong interest in art. In recent years it has been rewarding to spend fulltime on my art practice and continue with my passion for drawing and painting.

My experiences of travelling throughout the United States, Mexico Europe and Asia have left me with an accumulation of memories and influences. It was fascinating to see the variety of landscapes and the beauty of ancient sacred places loaded with meaning and power. This translates into a visual, sensory overload, flowing out to the canvas in an abstracted, symbolic language of its own energy. 

I begin my artwork as an unconscious narrative and dialogue. The pencil and the brush marks gradually accumulate into structural and biomorphic images that weave into shapes, colors, and gestures where they overlap and tangle. Some of the many materials used are acrylics, oils, wax, pastels, graphite, and collage. My work can develop quickly or gradually to arrive at the final composition using a method of addition and subtraction, revealing the essence of the finished painting. The finished work allows the viewer to speculate on their own meaning and connection to the art before them.