I have been a member of PAL since 2015 and a resident of Pleasanton for 20 years. I made the decision to join PAL upon retiring from 40 + years in the Biotech industry. I have a BS in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree. I enjoy traveling with my husband and trusty dog companion whenever possible.
I am a self-described art lover/collector and “artist wannabe”. For most of my adult life, I have worked with textiles and enjoyed textile art and its expression. Most recently, I decided to pursue a lifelong interest in watercolor. I am taking classes, starting with the basics and hopefully will someday advance to more senior level watercolor instruction. My first attempts at watercolor painting have been enormously enjoyable… a chance to let go of my left brain and engage my right brain’s hopefully more creative side. In the future, I hope to advance my skill in watercolor to the point in which I am able to show my efforts competitively.
I joined PAL for one primary reason. I have always enjoyed the respective art communities of the places in which I have lived (New York, Washington D.C. and now the SF Bay Area). Summertime fine arts festivals have long been one of my favorite activities. Upon joining PAL, I made a commitment to do whatever I can to help advance our community’s awareness of the visual arts and the wonderful artists who make up our membership.
Lorraine Wells was born in the San Joaquin Valley and raised in Salinas.
My career started with a box of Crayola crayons and advanced to painting 4×8 sheets of plywood and cleaning brushes for my sign maker step-father. I learned the art & craft of brush lettering, gold leafing and silk screening at his side, then earned a BFA in design from California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA) in Oakland.
My career has included most Graphic Arts, Advertising, Marketing, Logo Design & more. I lived on Donner Summit and Truckee for 18 years where I operated my own sign and graphic design business. Due to the influence of the mountain environment I made many hand carved redwood signs, some of which remain to this very day. I designed logos and marketing materials for the local ski resorts and businesses.
I left the mountains following a personal tragedy and worked for a company that provided marketing materials for local community builders designing everything from logos & collateral materials, to the custom furniture and interior design required for their sales offices.
My fine art career has included oil & acrylic painting, watercolor, pen & ink & pencil drawing. I have spent more than 50 years in art and design and have occasionally won awards. While I don’t remember ever not making art or having it in my life, it took awhile to restart my creative life after the death of my daughter and then my mother, who was in my care. I finally connected with our several local art groups and artists, who have inspired me to restart my fine art career. I have a lifelong love for our constantly changing California landscape, which I try to capture in the fluidity and transparency of watercolor. Wherever possible, I like to include elements that offer local character to my paintings and there is always an element of my designer background present.
Sandra was born in Oakland, California and lived in Pleasanton for 26 years with her family. During this time she worked part time as a Registered Nurse and did artwork as time permitted.
Since childhood, and always having a passion for drawing and painting, Sandra became serious about her artistic interests when attending Chabot College. Jack Ward was a strong influence in her artistic development. She transferred to Hayward State, then to California College of Arts and completed her bachelor of arts. To further her studies she completed her Masters of Fine Art at Academy Art University San Francisco, graduating with highest honors.
Sandra is now retired and devotes her time to making art and volunteering for the Lions Club. She enjoys blues music and travel. Sandra currently lives in Brentwood.
Her artwork is an unconscious narrative and dialogue drawn from life experiences, past and present. Through a visual language using paint, pencils, collage, passion and emotion she transforms the canvas into a new beginning and story