Sandra Robinson is a Southern California artist who has been a
contemporary realist painter for over 40 years. She achieved her BFA in
Painting, with Distinction, from Indiana University and her MA in
Painting from CSU Fullerton. She has recently retired from a long
academic career of teaching and serving as Art Department Chair at Mt.
San Jacinto College.
Sandra’s work has always been an exploration of the visible world;
although she has done portraiture and landscape, objects are her primary
subject. She does not consider herself a traditional still life
painter because the term “still life” evokes table tops with a casual
arrangement of items. Her compositions and choice of subject have
always been according to her own formal and personal sensibilities. Her
paintings are contrived of objects and materials which she finds
visually interesting and may have metaphorical content. She works
primarily on panels because the surface lends itself to her detailed
style. Composition gold leaf is often used to create a framing element
on the panel itself. She feels that the perceived preciousness of that
material helps to emphasize the extraordinary nature of an ordinary
For the past 25 years Sandra has exhibited in Southern California by
invitation at universities, colleges and the Riverside Art Museum
in group and solo shows. She has also been in juried competitions
in which she has won numerous awards and purchase prizes. Her
paintings and drawings are primarily in private collections and she
enjoys doing commissioned work using her patrons’ objects and/or themes.