About Sandy Drob
My narrative oil paintings address contemporary philosophical, theological, political and psychological themes. These include the ethical and theological significance of the holocaust, the oppression of the feminine, the question of human mortality, and the existential threat to humanity posed by the destruction of the environment. Several of my paintings utilize medieval and renaissance forms, such as the triptych, to create ironic icons—which express the idea that under the guise of worshipping the divine human beings actually venerate brutality and destructiveness.
I studied drawing and painting at the Grand Central Academy and in the atelier of Camie Salaz.
In addition to my work as an artist, I hold doctoral degrees in philosophy (Boston University) and Clinical Psychology (Long Island University) and am the author of numerous books and essays on Kabbalah, the psychology of C.G. Jung and various topics in philosophy, theology and psychology. I am on the Clinical Psychology Faculty of Fielding Graduate University, the faculties of the C. G. Jung Institute and C. G. Jung Foundation in New York City, and practice forensic psychology in New York City.
All of James’ paintings are derived from a combination of photo references and imagined scenes to create surreal images. Most of her paintings are inspired by the relationships between women and nature, astronomy, and astrology.
James’ philosophy is that artists are seekers, always trying to understand the underlying, hidden truths in the world around us. Nothing is exactly as it seems and reality is often hidden behind illusions. She has represented this theme in many of her paintings which are often inspired by dreams, memories, and life experiences.
She is currently focused on the struggle some women face trying to find the delicate balance between wanting to be feminine and domestic, versus wild and free, and trying to be both at the same time. As a further emphasis on the relationship between reality and illusion, she often uses a technique of dripping many layers of turpentine mixed with oil paint down the canvas before adding the images on top. This creates a break in the realism of the painting.
James says, “The healing therapy of art-making and self-expression has been very important to me throughout my life as well, and is something I continue to share with others through painting. I could not be who I am today without the ability and freedom to channel my thoughts onto a canvas. Whether it be through creating or teaching, I want to continue to make an impact on others’ lives through art. That makes me feel like I am doing my job as an artist.”