Santora is a multi-disciplinary artist, best known for her contemporary
expressionist and soulful equine and animal paintings. She has always loved
animals and her fascination with the grace and beauty of horses has greatly
influenced her artistic path. ”The
process of portraying horses and other animals continues to evolve in my work.
My art retains a sense of experimentation, and working in a series I focus on a
particular way the application of paint reveals the desired outcome. A variation of the process motivates the next
series of paintings.
art combines abstract and realistic elements. I filter out superfluous details
and portray animals in their clear essence – their spirits and souls, their
energy, movement and physical presence.” Santora works on textured surfaces,
pours and drips paint building up the images with several layers, often merging
the animal with the background.
The animal’s image emerges, simplified, or seemingly left unfinished, to allow the viewer room for personal interpretation. By reducing her paintings to their most essential elements, she says everything she needs to say – render what has truly impassioned her. She has captured the attention of international collectors, both private and corporate, and among her many awards and achievements, Santora has earned associate status in the Society of Animal Artists, and signature status in the Pastel Society of America. Her work has been shown in museums and galleries across the U.S. and in Europe. She is represented by several galleries and 4 of her paintings are part of the traveling museum show 'Environmental Impact' curated by David J Wagner, LLC, 2013 - 2022. She maintains a working studio at her Lyman, ME, residence where she lives on a 7-acre farm with her husband David, their three quarter horse mares, Ruby, Mimi & Trixie, and their two dogs Biscuit & Peaches.
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