Sandra Aska

Photo credit: Caroline Kraus
Photo credit: Caroline Kraus

Love On The Fifty Yard Line

acrylic on canvas

36” x 35”


Sandy and Henry, Atlanta, 1960

acrylic on canvas

36” x 36”


Atlanta Underground, 1960; Debbie and Sandy

acrylic on canvas

48” x 48”




Sandra Aska is a painter and photographer and sometimes dabbles in ceramics. Her work is primarily involved with the figure, and women specifically. She is influenced by the Expressionist painters and loves color. Color to her is relational: change one color and its relationship and effect to all other colors changes, thus she sometimes has a love/hate relationship with color.
Sandra has exhibited internationally and her work is represented in many collections.




When you tell a story over and over it boils down to it’s essence and becomes a myth. That is what I noticed when I began going through my photo albums to find the basis for a series of paintings for this CAW exhibit. Faded snapshots brought back pieces of memory. Remnants, because the events and emotions leading up to the taking of those photos have been long forgotten and the remaining snapshots serve only as a reminder. The joys and triumphs of that recorded time are as faded now as those old square Kodak snapshots, once vibrant with color.

That photo album is a catalogue of the highpoints from the past. The pictures recollect innocent times, racial turbulence, betrayal, anger, disappointment, and the soaring heights of unconditional love and friendship. They remind me of the acceptance and inclusion of my extended family, a relationship my parents could never understand or accept.

It was a small and snug world, my world in the 60s; a community filled to the max with world shaking events, tensions, laughter, celebration, acceptance, fear, and love. I was naive, passionate, opinionated, and being tested in a world of upheaval and racial hatred. It was an explosion and melding of cultures, a life forming experience.