As far back as San can remember she was always attracted to concrete. Her mother tells stories of San "cutting" her baby teeth on concrete blocks around an unfinished doorway in her parents' basement apartment. San's father, grandfather and uncles were all stone masons and concrete finishers. She was fascinated by watching them carefully
and precisely mix mortar and form concrete structures. Her father was a "weekend" oil painter‚ who hid away in his peaceful and quiet workshop to escape the noise of four children and their dog, Barney.
All through high school, San talked her art teachers into letting her decide what her projects would be. Most saw her need to be independent and let her do just that. This instilled the desire and freedom for creativity without barriers. Her parents realized this and let San paint murals on her bedroom walls without censorship. At twenty, San had a small business designing and sewing wedding gowns
from photos brides had given her. At thirty, she became a real estate broker and ran a successful business in Indiana. Finally realizing at forty she was an artist, she moved to Florida and studied art at Edison College in Fort Myers and then under Dr. Lilliana Dordevich, who owned a small art school in Melbourne, Florida called Akademeia Art School. She was on her way to live out her artistic
San then went on to become a great painter on canvas with portraits and landscapes, eventually moving onto the medium of acrylic murals. She has created glorious ceilings from the 24K gold and jewel laden Hindu Temple of Southwest Florida ceiling to large realistic underwater scenes for the Charlotte Country Events center in Punta Gorda and the Naples, Florida library. Her elaborate murals
on walls in many prominent homes are displayed throughout the country. San now calls herself a true Legacy Artiste bringing a sense of joy for some and a sense of healing to others.
But, San’s desire to be near concrete never left her. In the years since 9/11, San has traveled throughout the United States and taken a special collection of unique photographs that give a fresh perspective to the beauty of concrete forms. Their tunneling effects draw the observer in with a rough texture and a gentle touch with her tactile pictures of license plates and road signs on
her journeys display 9/11 variations. The fast paced frames of fleeing cars, speed limits, and highway scenery render surprising images that are not accidental. Their hidden meanings and totals of 9 and 11 are haunting. These photos have inspired her to create Project 11up, commemorating that day using some of the concrete remains of the slurry wall, 'bathtub' foundation at Ground Zero. These are being
placed strategically both nationally and internationally.
San creates all her sculptures at her studio in Fort Myers, Florida. The remaining pieces of the wall are all there. She gets visits from the general public, stopping by after they learn about the project. San speaks to them about the history of the project and tells them about these memorials are making a difference to the people in those cities. San says it is important to
never forget that day and encourages all of you to start to talk to your community about having a sculpture in your own town.
9/11 Museum registered artist