Sandra Dee Baker
I am a self-taught emerging artist who discovered my interest for abstract artistic expression in art therapy venues almost 3 years ago.
At the end of 2013, the art therapist handed me a stack of all the paintings I made for the entire year. On that day she challenged me to create a collage with all the paintings. I must say I only had a vague sense of collage as an artistic technique and was initially overwhelmed by the assignment.
I completed my first piece The Maze in January 2014. The Maze, a 48×24 collage painting is about my painful journey of growing up without a compass. It is an attempt to capture how trapped I often felt and my efforts to search for a way out thus the name The Maze.
When I created The Maze I had no confidence in it as a piece of art. A dear friend framed it as a gift. Her framing it helped me to embrace the artist within me. Unfortunately, at the time the piece was being framed my confidence was so low I didn’t sign it.
My collages use cut or torn paper of different sizes and shapes. I work in an organic manner allowing the work to evolve as I put pieces on paper. There is movement in all my work. In addition, I love working with bold and vibrant colors. I work with watercolor, acrylic, ink, and oil. I work with various types of paper and on canvas, paper, wood and tile.
Since February 2015, I have created a little over 400 pieces of art. I now embrace my ability to create art and find much pleasure in this creative process. In the last year, I felt blessed to be embraced by members of the art community and been selected to participate in juried shows.
Beyond art, I am a mother, a wife, a parent leader, community organizer, a caring friend, support group leader and an advocate for social justice as well as a wannabe comedian.