Heidi Sandvoll studied with Joseph Blaustein in Los Angeles and than moved to West Marin where she has lived and worked as a painter for the last eighteen years.  She is a storyteller and likes to bring that quality to her painting.  That is one reason for the large size.  It brings the emotional expressionism of the work to epic proportions.  Though she is not a landscape painter, she has found the hills, ocean, rocks, grass slipping into her work in an iconic and symbolic way as the nature seems to seep into our beings and somehow begins to define who we are. “Obsession to Meditation” is a current body of work of pen on paper.  It is a study of letting the mind fall into a imaginary state of being and finding where it takes you. Sandvoll has shown her work in many Bay Area venues, as well as, in Los Angeles.   She also does installation work and set and costume design.


Solo Exhibitions

Coming into Being, March 2014, Mann Family Farm, Bolinas, Califonia

Passion and Betrayal, February 2012, Wix Lounge, San Francisco

Post Cinderella, March 2012, Gospel Flats Gallery, Bolinas California

Obsession to Meditation, September 2010 – March 2011, Luna, Sausalito, California.

The Trail, installation, Fall 2009 Bolinas Museum

 Bolinas, California

My Childhood in the Axis of Evil, November 2007

Luna, Sausalito, California

My Childhood in the Axis of Evil, December 1 2006 – May 15, 2007

Higher Space Gallery, Rebound Book Store, San Rafael, California

Dark Land, October 7, 2006 – January 7, 2007

 Point Reyes National Seashore Gallery, Olema, California

The Iris and the Calla Lily Danced, July – August 2006

Luna, Sausalito, California

Sculptured Dresses, March – April 2005

 Luna, Sausalito, California

Coming into Being, February – April 2002,

Parkside Café, Stinson Beach, California

Childhood, March – May 1999

Parkside Café, Stinson Beach, California

Group Exhibitions

Geography of Hope, Art at the Cheese Factory, March – April, 2011, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, California

White Houses, June – August 2009, Stinson Beach Library

West Marin Open Studios, November 28, 29 & 30, 2008

 The Autumnal Equinox, September 21, 2008, Stinson Beach, California

Many Villages, August – October, 2008, Stinson Beach, California

West Marin Open Studios, November 26 -28, 2006, my studio Stinson Beach California

West Marin Icons, KWMR’s  2007 Visual Arts Project May 3 – 27, 2007, Toby’s Gallery, Point Reyes, California

Au Natural: The Nude in the 21st Century, April 1- 27, 2007, Clatsop Community College Visual Art Center Gallery Astoria, Oregon.

Beach Scenes, July – August 2003 Stinson Beach Library, Stinson Beach, California

Portraits, May – June 2001

Group Exhibitions continues Stinson Beach Library, Stinson Beach, California

What is Art For? Performer and exhibitor, 2000, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California

Bucci’s, January- February, 1998

The Human Figure, December 1994 and January 1995, The Stanford Gallery, Santa Monica, California

“1010” Small ARTWORKS, August-September 1994

18th Street Arts Complex, Santa Monica, California



 Mairin and Buddy, Gayle Ravenscroft, July 2012, Fairfax, Ca

Aiden, Ginny Chapman, January 2008, Tiburon, California

Naked Fields, Al Coles, August 2007, Burningman Black Rock Desert, Nevada

Medicinal Plants, 1999, University of Pacific, Stockton, California

The Nichol’s Children, 1999, Jennifer Nichols, Mill Valley, California

Duke Ellington and His Band, 1997, A Drummer’s Tradition, San Rafael, California

Gene Krupa, 1996, A Drummer’s Tradition, San Rafael, California

Productions and Installations

Indifference, April 2012, Lisa Townsend Company, Sets and Costumes, Counterpulse Theatre, San Francisco, California

Still Wave, an installation created with Felicity Crush, Gallery Route One, March- April, 2011, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, California

Transition Trail, An installation created with Felicity Crush, October 3 – November 17, 2009, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, California

New Years, 2009, December 2008, Set design and construction, Stinson Beach Community Center, Stinson Beach, California

The Art Lounge, Treasure Island Music Festival, Will Chase Arts, September 20 -21, 2008, Treasure Island, California

Dr. Doolittle, July 2008, Set design and construction, Bolinas Community Center, Bolinas, California

Requiem, March 2008, Costume designer, set designer, Lisa Townsend Company, Bolinas, California

The Mermaids, An Art Car, August 2007, in collaboration with Tess Felix and Heidi Lundy, Burningman, Black Rock Desert, Nevada

Odd Times, July 2007, Lisa Townsend Company, costume designer, Project Artaud Theatre, San Francisco, California

Virile Streak, October 2006, costume designer, set designer, Joyce Soho, New York, New York

Virile Streak, May 2006, Lisa Townsend Company, costume designer, set designer, ODC Theatre, San Francisco, California

Virile Streak, March 2006, Lisa Townsend Company Benefit, installation, Bolinas, California

Temple of Poi, Fire Dance Show,  2004 co-producer, co-set design and construction, Stinson Beach California

Mardi Gras, February, 2004, set design and construction, Stinson Beach, California

Millenium 2000, set design and construction, Stinson Beach, California


Edible Marin and Wine Country, 2012 Spring Issue

Lettuce Eat, Blog Sarah Henry, freelance writer, Blog, Cassie Gruenstein, Freelance writer                  


Art Critique, and Independent study group, 1998 – present

Art history with Deborah Loft, College of Marin, 2008

Independent Studies with Leigh Hyams, 1998 – 2004

Painting with Joseph Blaustein, Los Angeles, California 1990 – 1995

Art Courses through U.C.L.A. Extension Program, Fall 1990 – 1992

B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1985