|When I was young I wanted my
paintings to heal the earth. Sweating & panting,
I learned the earth itself is healing power. I turned
shamanic & goofy. “Spirits,” I call,
“shove my paint around. Trick us. Break our
hearts with beauty. Tiny. Vast. Make us leap &
cry & sing love songs.”
Sandy Eastoak was born in Lexington, KY, and grew up in New
England, where she was raised by trees.
She studied art at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH,
and apprenticed with Yugoslavian potter Lou Fish in Castries,
St. Lucia. She received an interdisciplinary MA from the University
of Oregon, writing her thesis on “Art and Environmental
Consciousness.” She studied art therapy at Lane Community
College, and landscape painting at Pacific Academy of Fine
An Environmental Experience Fellow of the Association of
Collegiate Schools of Architecture, she helped establish the
Environmental Studies Center at the University of Oregon in
Eugene, and completed the Forestry & Wildlife Conservation
Program of the Professional Career Development Institute of
She had her first solo show at the University of Oregon Museum
of Art in 1977. Since then her work has appeared in over 200 group
and solo shows in Berkeley, Bodega Bay, Forestville, Garberville, Guerneville,
Occidental, Pt. Reyes, Rohnert Park, San Francisco, San Geronimo,
San Rafael, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, & Sonoma, CA; Avon
& Simsbury, CT; Muncie, IN; Taos, NM; New York, NY; Coos
Bay, Eugene, & Sunriver, OR; & Woodstock, VT. She
is represented in public & private collections in 25 states
and 19 countries.
She has two grown daughters who helped her edit & illustrate
Dharma Family Treasures: Sharing Buddhism with
Children, published by North Atlantic in 1994. She has published 6 chapbooks of her poems & 2 books of her original songs.
In 2007, she joined other artists to start Sebastopol Gallery. In 2009, her work featured there included many Native themes. When Armando Williams, a young Pomo dancer-healer, saw these paintings, he asked to work with her. Their collaboration became a big project, & the Sebastopol City Council named each October as Pomo Honoring Month. The first, in 2010, hosted 24 events, including 5 art shows.
Besides painting, her obsessions are the edges & surfaces
of water, sacred sounds, inter-species communication, & native ways. She dreams of a paradigm shift to ecological wisdom & love.