Best known for her expressionistic and soulful animal paintings, Santora works in both acrylic and soft pastel and her styles are equally diverse. Santora employs the drip-painting method of abstract expressionists in her acrylic paintings on canvas and on board. Her pastels are intimate close-ups of animals that employ bold strokes of pastel, the emoyion of color, and the beauty of form.
As a child, Santora showed talent in art and realized early on as an artist that she had a special gift for painting animals. Befriending all the dogs in her neighborhood, Santora always wished for a pet of her own. She began her formal art training while working as a registered nurse in 1983, the same year she was gifted with her first dog by her husband.
Graduating with a BFA, summa cum laude from Framiingham State University, Santora retired from nursing in 1996 to pursue her art career full time. With over 30 years experience, she has taught from her studio and at museum and gallery schools. She is also a registered judge and juror as well as a demonstrator for various art groups and non-art audiences.