Sandy Ostrau

Artist Statement

I take scenes of everyday life-- people, places and activities-- and reduce them to their fundamental elements. With my ever-present sketchbook, I observe alone, recording actions and interactions at a distance, working with whatever I can see, taking what little information is available and imagining the rest. So much is unclear, uncertain and not possible to observe. Blending in the settings-- the trees, water, and other surroundings -- I translate my observations into paintings, which in turn become the stories, stories we can either share with one another or ponder in our own unique and personal ways.