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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 at Bodega Bay

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 Art.

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 Atlanta, GA.

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.

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