Enjoy artist Sandy Oppenheimer’s portfolio of beautifully textured and patterned paper collage. See more by visiting her website.
I paint with paper.
Although self-taught, I have had many inspiring teachers along the way, in all areas of life.
I began my artistic journey in a ceramics studio in Northern California. Then I spent a year in Italy where I used watercolors to capture and explore the landscape.
I returned to the states for a year, where I lived with a mixed media artist. This inspired me to start using paper and paint simultaneously. Returning to Italy, for what turned into a 20-year stay, I continued growing my visual vocabulary.
In 2003, I applied for and was accepted to a three-month artist residency in a Japanese papermaking village. My job was to use their paper in my work. On day one, I put down my brushes and paints, picked up my scissors and glue, and never turned back. I fell in love.
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Collage allowed me to do everything paint did, with the added joy of pattern and texture. It is a playful and forgiving medium, which continues to challenge me daily while also providing me with great joy.
I work every day, truly believing that real inspiration comes in the doing.
I’ve been very fortunate in life, and there is no shortage of inspiring opportunities. It may be a book I have read, a conversation I had with a friend, a piece of music I have listened to, a meal I have been served, or a stranger I have passed on the street. All of these can find their way into my work.
Whether a still life, a landscape or a portrait, I try to work every day with good intention and an open heart and mind. I can’t imagine life without creating beauty. It is a calling; it is a necessity for my soul. I am filled with gratitude to be able to do the work.
Creating is my way of giving thanks for the gift of being alive.
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