Biography

Art as a Connection to Nature - The Work of Wildlife Painter Alexandra Saunders

I am deeply inspired by nature and wildlife. Painting is my way to stay connected with the natural world; I view it as a privilege to be able to capture the beauty of the earth through my art.

My paintings are characterized by their detail and the stories they tell, connecting audiences to their own hearts and love for our Planet.

I'm a graduate of the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley and a former research scientist at Berkeley National Laboratories and I began sketching animals at Steinhart Aquarium back in the 1980s. Then I put away my pencils for some 40-odd years. 

It wasn't until the pandemic that I picked them up again to draw the portraits of animals I loved.

In 2020 I challenged myself to learn painting, giving myself another platform to showcase the animals I love.

My studio is in San Francisco East Bay.  I'm a member of the California Art Club, the Alamo-Danville Artists Association, and a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation, exhibiting my work at both local and national levels. 

I'm a life-long wildlife conservationist, donating to many animal sanctuaries around the world working to help bears, wolves, big cats, elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, whales, and other animals in crisis.