Sandra Fisher was born in 1947 in New York City, and studied at the Chouinard Art Institute. In 1971 she moved to London to pursue a career as a painter. Fisher’s main subject was the human figure; she worked from life using models, many of whom were actors, writers and musicians, as well as fellow artists. Her fresh and lively brushwork and sensuous colour reflected her joyous approach to life.
Unlike that of her contemporaries, Fisher’s work was observational and imtimate, and modest in scale.
She was the only artist to be invited to make a second image for London Underground’s ‘Days on the Water’ series, after her first submission, Boating at Regent’s Park, was so well recieved.
Fisher was married to the artist R. B. Kitaj, founder of the so-called ‘School of London’ of contemporary figurative painters. Although they had a professional relationship as well as a personal one, and a great respect for one another’s work, she always maintained an artistic independence from her husband.