“The longer you look at an object, the more abstract

it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.”  Lucian Freud


To paint water invites a paradox: A moment is stilled, yet the moment moves.

Painting rowboats afloat upon the water invites another paradox. Our eyes often take them for granted, but beyond their shapes and textures, their state of repair or disrepair, another, mysterious dimension is present: The presence of their owner’s absence, and the implicit, human stories left to our imagination.

One of the delights I find in painting is the daily summons to challenge myself. As time goes on, that summons grows stronger. Lately, I’ve relied more on texture and a fluid, expressive line — the painterly word is “loose.” To the eye of the beholder, this means a more adventurous energy sprung from the immediate excitement of the act of painting, and from the tactile, painted surface, itself. 


Sydni Sterling is a painter, art educator and former award-winning art director for Frederick & Nelson department store in Seattle. She received her B.A. in painting from the University of Oregon and attended the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art in Dijon, France. She lives and works in Indianola, WA on the shores of Puget sound.   

Sterling Studio

Open by appointment or by chance
My garden studio is in Indianola, Washington, a small  community on the shores of Puget Sound.

The studio hosts an open house every November and in late summer (depending on the tides) to celebrate Indianola Days.
All are welcome to see my new work and that of artist friends.

For appointments: mike.sydni@gmail.com