Sandra Perlow's work is based on combinations of woodcut, monoprint, collage, and acrylic worked onto paper or canvas surfaces. The work begins with sketches that come from walks around the city; ideas that are developed come from these progressive sketches. As she works on the paintings and drawings, parts of the surface's shape are eliminated by scrapping, blotting, and smearing. Her selection of ideas for work comes from a continual interest in architecture and landscape. She also draws upon daily life, especially from the movement and expressions of people as they interact, which she interprets as shapes and colors in space. Born in Chicago, she studied painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received a B.A.E and M.F.A. She received a printmaking degree from the Illinois Institute of Design. Sandra is also the recipient of several awards, a residency at Yaddo as well as at the American Academy in Rome. Her work has been exhibited at the Dubhe Carreno gallery, Rockford Museum (IL), the Brauer Museum (IN), and the Linda Warren Galleries in Chicago, among others. She is currently a recipient of the Chicago Artist Coalition residency program in 2012.