Sharon Sandberg of Illinois received her B.F.A. from Grand Valley State University and her M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Michigan. She has also done post-degree work at the UniversitÃ© d'Aix-Marseilles in France. Sandberg taught at Grand Valley State University until 1996 when she transferred to teach at Aquinas College, Grand Rapids. On her work, she writes: "For me, still life is a marriage of metaphor, arrangement and observation. Factors of choice, such as placement, point of view and lighting seem to â€œplasticizeâ€ this particular genre allowing the painter an enormous amount of freedom for abstract manipulation. In my paintings I strive for serene and lucid solutions to arrangement and color. I look for, and attempt to establish, relationships between very ordinary, often utilitarian objects, objects that have beautiful and functional shape, old objects, which seem to have a past. I am fond of objects and qualities such as: an antiquated wooden ironing board... vessels and containers... tools... the geometry of fruit... kimono and trees... patina... and empty space..."