Sasha Pepper painting in her Santa Rosa Studio
Sasha in her Santa Rosa


Sasha Pepper grew up in Portland, Oregon. As a young adult she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend San Francisco State University where she studied philosophy and English, receiving a BA in English. After a year of traveling in Europe and India she returned to the Bay Area and began studying painting at U. C. Berkeley. There she received both her BA and Masters in Fine Arts. This included individual study with Elmer Bischoff, a prominent artist in the Bay Area Figurative School, an experience that strongly influenced her work. This group of artists emphasized a painterly approach, with expressionistic brushwork and strong color in depicting figures, interiors, and landscapes.

After attending U.C., Sasha continued to live in Berkeley and San Francisco. During this time she exhibited her work regularly in San Francisco galleries, including Vorpal Gallery, Michael Thompson Gallery, Somarts Gallery, and Gallery Imago. She was also active in the San Francisco alternative art scene, serving on the gallery committee at SOMAR, the South of Market Cultural Center, and participating in Open Studios. She taught art in alternative high schools, worked under a California Arts Council grant teaching art to elders, and taught at the Soma School of Art in San Francisco.

In 1994 she moved to Arcata in Northern California. She taught art in various venues, including College of the Redwoods. She was co-founder of the Northcoast Open Studios Tour and coordinated the event for several years.

Sasha relocated to the Bay Area in 2004 and currently resides and has her studio in Santa Rosa. She teaches art to seniors through the Santa Rosa Junior College. She continues to exhibit her work regularly in the Eureka/Arcata area as well as in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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