About  Sandi

Sandi Hester had her first painting lessons around her grandmother’s kitchen table during long summer visits in the countryside of Franklin, Tennessee. Her grandmother was a pottery artist and first exposed Sandi to the feel of a loaded paintbrush sliding across a surface. For Sandi, the subject, color, texture and enjoyment of the creative process are very important.


“I’m always aiming for a looseness - a suggestion of what’s really there. I try to capture the beauty of the scene and the feeling of color and warmth instead of recording the details of the scene. I'm not interested in the exactness - I'm interested in how it makes me feel. Painting this way tells you more about the image or scene than when grasping for the details.” - Sandi Hester


She places her paintings into two “camps” and she alternates between the two to keep her painting fresh and to spur constant inspiration. She labels her two camps “form” and “flat”. In her "form" paintings she often sets up a still-life right outside her studio window so she can have strong sunlight and firsthand observation. In her "flat" paintings she's not worrying with form at all and only playing with color, composition and texture. No matter the method she uses, Sandi's focus is to convey a sense of beauty and joy - something that makes you smile when you walk into a room.


2012-2018    The Chestnut Group, Plein Air Painters for the Land

Teaching Experience

2010-2011    Jonathan Edwards Classical Academy, Nashville, TN


2010         Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center, Hendersonville, TN


2009         Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center, Hendersonville, TN

Shows, Exhibits, & Sales

2014        Rodelle Boutique


2014        One person show/sale at the artist’s home


2013        An Art Show to benefit The Frist Center for the Visual                       Arts at the Tennessee Art League Gallery with the                             Chestnut Group 


2013        One person show/sale at artist’s studio and home


2011        Women of Hope, Healing Hands International at David                     Lipscomb University


2010        Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center 


2009        Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center

Self portrait

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