As a young woman I attended the Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Art in Dijon, France. So began a life-long love of travel and, with the help of my sketchbook, seeing and experiencing the world more intimately. My paintings are a passionate response to places I encounter. This passion produces over one hundred plein air sketches per year. My larger studio work strives to capture the gestural energy of the sketches and my personal emotional response distilled to the essentials.
I use acrylic paint mixed with modeling paste on a canvas support. The acrylic is layered with charcoal, handmade paper pulp and resin. Sgraffito and scumbling techniques create details in motion, sculptural surface elements and intense color vibrations. Many pieces are asymmetrical diptychs and triptychs with the side panels used as an abstract visual extensions both framing and creating movement beyond the picture plane.
A new series called "Italian Panels", concentrates on Venice and the Italian Mediterranean exploring color, grace, and decay with equal parts nostalgia and passion.
Sydni Sterling is an Indianola painter, art educator and former award-winning art director for Frederick & Nelson department store in Seattle.
Recent awards include Best of show at the 2016 CVG show, a prestigious statewide competition, and the selection of Sterling's painting, Bye Bye Blues for the 2016 Bainbridge in Bloom poster, the third time her work has been chosen for this honor.
Sterling regularly exhibits in juried art festivals, including the Sausalito Art Festival, Bellevue Art Museum Fair, and Edmonds Arts Fair. On the Island her work can be found at Bainbridge Arts and Crafts gallery.