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
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