Lori Sandström received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Hawaii, majoring in graphic design and minoring in painting and photography. Soon after graduating, she moved to San Diego and began her career as a graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer. Her graphic design has won both local and national awards in advertising and publishing. Employment at the San Diego Zoo and worldwide travel has played a big part in Sandström’s art. Her passion for intense cultural immersion and exploration of the human experience clearly shapes her style of painting and point of view. Years of traveling, working, and volunteering on four continents have instilled in her a deep admiration for the crafts of artisans around the world. Sandström uses this appreciation, along with her photographs and sketches, as a source of inspiration for her paintings today.
Sandström’s artwork is on display and for sale at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and at various local art shows. She paints in her Oceanside, CA, home studio, where she also enjoys working on graphic design projects, commissioned paintings, and teaching art.