Diane Sandlin’s paintings, filled with lines, gestures and judicious color, offer a slice-of-life glimpse of a woman who celebrates life as a journey. Freedom. Energy. Palimpsest. Quiet beauty of the ordinary. These expressions are all evident in her non-representational paintings. The journey, full of twists and turns, informs her artistic practice and describes her own expressive path.
Like the pieces she paints, Diane’s journey to this place has meandered from a creative childhood in a small Texas town to a residence in picturesque Rhineland Germany, a degree from UT-Austin and then on to a corporate career centered in Dallas and San Francisco where she specialized in risk management insurance solutions for large multi-national companies. Returning to Austin, Diane became immersed in the art world first with textiles, studying with Jane Dunnewold in an Art Cloth Mastery program.
Textiles evolved into mixed media painting and more studies along the way with Nicholas Wilton’s Creative Visionary Path Program (2017, 2018), Pamela Caughey (2018) and mentoring with Cheryl Taves (2019) and Lauren Mantecon (2018,2019). Continual learning, through the Art2Life Academy and taking frequent workshops, such as an upcoming 14-month Deep Dive program with Lauren Mantecon of Santa Fe is her key to staying fresh with content and style. Diane is a participant in juried art exhibits and has many of her works in private collections. She is a resident artist at Austin Art Space Studios and Gallery and supports Austin art endeavors by participating in Big Medium studio tours as well as invitational solo and group exhibits.
For Diane, painting is totally absorbing and captivating. She keeps building layers on her work until the piece is ready to tell a story. Then it’s completed. The challenge of artistic expression draws her like a magnet into more and more experimentation in conveying ideas.
University of Texas at Austin, BA, 1975
Art Cloth Mastery Program with Jane Dunnewold, 2010-2012, Art Cloth Studios, San Antonio, TX
Art2Life Creative Visionary Path Program with Nicholas Wilton, 2017 and 2018
Continuing education through Art2Life Academy
Mentoring with Pamela Caughey, contemporary artist, Hamilton, MT, 2018
Mentoring with Cheryl Taves, The Artist Mindset program, Vancouver, Canada, 2019
Workshops with Lauren Mantecon, Santa Fe artists, 2018-2019. Beginning 14-mo. program in 2020