Sandra Honda is a native of Chicago, Illinois. In January, 2018, she left a long career as a speechwriter and scientist in the Washington, DC area and relocated to Eugene, Oregon to live her dream of becoming a full-time artist. Her current work takes inspiration from poetry she writes about her experiences growing up sansei, or third-generation Japanese-American. Her abstract works explore the conversation between that which is random and that which is intentional, frequently by excavating and rebuilding layers of India and sumi ink drawings on Japanese and Western papers. Drawing on her cultural roots, she integrates calligraphic marks into her drawings and paintings. She sometimes stitches and loosely lays thread onto her paper creations to introduce new kinds of marks that “tie” the work together. Her work can be seen in her studio at ArtCity Eugene Studios on Broadway, where she has the good fortune of learning from the many artists who co-occupy this space.
Before turning to abstraction, Sandra was a colored pencil artist for more than a decade prior to taking up oil painting in 2013. Her colored pencil drawings and oil paintings have been exhibited in juried and non-juried group shows. She was represented by New Masters Art Gallery in Rockville, Maryland, until it closed in 2017.
I have had the privilege of wonderful teachers in the Washington, DC/Maryland/Virginia region, including J.Jordan Bruns (my mentor), Glen Kessler, Gavin Glakas, Walter Bartman and others at the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery in Glen Echo, Maryland, Compass Atelier in Rockville, Maryland, and The Art League at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. I am deeply indebted to my Oregon artist friends and teachers, Christopher St. John and Mika Aono, for their generous and insightful guidance about art and life, and to ArtCity’s founder. Charly Swing. for her phenomenal efforts to elevate art and emerging artists in the region. Many thanks to Vicki Krohn Amorose for shepherding artists like me into the world of writing about art and for introducing me to the Eugene contemporary arts scene.
Future Shows, 2022 and beyond
Social Being, Kathleen Caprario, Sandra Honda, Mei-ling Lee, Charly Swing & Kerry Weeks, Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon, January 14 - February 11, 2022.
re-member, Mika Aono & Sandra Honda, Walters Cultural Arts Center Gallery, Hillsboro, Oregon, February-March, 2023
HAPPENING NOW! Asian Celebration Art Exhibit, May 7-May 29, 2021, 856 Willamette St., Eugene, Oregon
COMING SOON! Umpqua Valley Arts Association Artworks Northwest Biennial Exhibit, June 11-August 20, 2021. Roseburg, Oregon, juried selection 2021 (Grace Kook-Anderson, juror)
ArtCity Studios on Broadway @ Eugene Airport, Main Terminal, October 26, 2020 - January 20, 2021
Mayor's Art Show, juried selection 2020, City of Eugene, Oregon, August 7-September 8, 2020 (https://www.eugene-or.gov/3868/Mayors-Art-Show)
A Change of Space (online fundraiser and members show) Maude Kerns Art Center mkartscenter.org, April 13-May 15, 2020
Emerald Print Exchange Group Show, Emerald Art Center, Springfield, OR, November 2019
Emerald Print Exchange Group Show, Sequoia Gallery, Hillsboro, Oregon, October 2019
Plein Air Painters of Lane County Group Show, Saginaw Vineyards, Saginaw, OR, Summer 2019
Mixed Media & More!, Group Show, May 26-28 - Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery, Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD
Transient Moments, Group Show, April 7-27- Culture Coffee Too, 300 Riggs Rd NE, Washington, DC 20011
Interlude, 4-person show, New Masters Art Gallery, Rockville, MD
7th Annual Yellow Barn Drawing Show, Yellow Barn Gallery and Studio, Glen Echo, MD
Honorable Mention, Yellow Barn Annual Holiday Members Show (juried), Glen Echo, MD, Honorable Mention Award for "Blue Nude" (2016)
Juried Selecton "Plated," Washington ArtWorks, Rockville, Maryland
A Show of Summer, group show, Summer 2015 Compass Atelier, Rockville, Maryland
Rising Tide. Students of Glen Kessler, Washington Art Works, Rockville, Maryland
Women's Club of Potomac Art Show and Sale, Potomac, Maryland
2006 Juried Selection, "Colored Pencil," Colored Pencil Society of America, DC Chapter,
Chestertown Art League, Chestertown, Maryland
2004 Juried Selection, "Colored Pencil Society of America, DC Chapter,"
Strathmore Mansion, North Bethesda, Maryland
CRITICAL WRITING ABOUT ART
Critical MAS: Sandra Honda on "Inevitable Transitions" by Kum-Ja Lee Eugene Contemporary Art blog, August 13, 2020, http://www.eugenecontemporaryart.com/critical-mas-2020-curators-choice/
Critical MAS: Sandra Honda on Josh Sands' "Breathe, Step, Arrive." Eugene Contemporary Art blog, August 29, 2019, http://www.eugenecontemporaryart.com/critical-mas-sandra-honda-on-josh-sands-breathe-step-arrive/
Judge, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts 2021, Lake Oswego, OR
Juror, Mayor's Art Show 2021, Eugene, OR
Sandy Brown Jensen, “Mono no aware”: Asian Celebration Storefront Art and "Discoveries" at the Karin Clarke Gallery, VizCity, KLCC (NPR affiliate station), 2020. https://www.klcc.org/post/mono-no-aware-asian-celebration-storefront-art-and-discoveries-karin-clarke-gallery