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October 2, 2007 > October Art Show

October Art Show

By Mona Shah

If you've ever watched an amateur charcoal painter do a caricature of someone at a fair and wondered how they do that, then you'll want to come see the skill of a professional artist as she renders a life-like charcoal painting. Acclaimed artist Sandra Jones will demonstrate her unique style of using charcoals at the Fremont Art Association General Membership meeting on October 3.

Sandra describes her work as Figurative Realism, and says she is captivated by the human form and seeks to express her marvel through meticulous rendering and life-like presentation. "My determination is to capture a pivotal moment that cannot be expressed through words as beautifully as through figurative painting; to give a glimpse of pensive junctures in our lives." Her pastel works are primarily composed of female subjects, and seek to captivate the viewer with a contemporary, yet classical representation of the female form. She has won numerous awards for her paintings in pastel, charcoal and mixed media, as well as airbrush.

At the meeting, Sandra will demonstrate how to use a variety of charcoal tools when creating a drawing from a black and white photograph. A step-by-step process for developing a charcoal piece to completion will be demonstrated, including how to achieve more accurate proportion and depth in charcoal paintings.

It was during the early 1990's when Sandra began to cultivate her artistic skills. While working full-time, she methodically began to advance her painting style and skill through art classes and practice. Over the years, it became clear that her growing intoxication for pursuing her "voice" through excellence in art is at the heart of her happiness. Sandra recently abandoned a lucrative twenty-year career in high technology to give chase to her passion, expand her art knowledge and expertise, and share her experiences with others through art instruction.

Recently, the Triton Museum in Santa Clara purchased a Jones composition for their permanent collection. This is a great honor and acknowledgment of her skill.

To see her work, visit her website at www.stratfordstudio.com. The public is invited to watch this presentation and share refreshments at the break.

October Art Show
Wednesday, October 3
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
FAA Gallery
37659 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 792-0905

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