Searching for the Hidden Koan
2020, Acrylic paint and mixed media on wood, framed, 12 x 12 x 1.5 in.
Following careers in corporate and non-profit management, Diane Sandlin began painting about 5 years ago as means of taking verbal communications into the realm of the visual. Long fascinated by storytelling, poetry and visual arts, she saw a way for all the elements to coincide through the use of shape, line, texture and color. Like the writer, musician or other artists, the work is strengthened by contrasts which are used intuitively—light and dark; raw and elegant; hard lines and organic shapes and layers upon layers of paint (15 or more) and other materials. The build-up of the layers provides a translucency depicting a history—we as humans don't exist on the surface after all and through some excavation, there are other treasures to be found.
Through continual education in art and other studies, Diane is currently interested in exploring themes of interconnections through the natural world. She finds that poetry reading and writing informs her art and vice versa. Impact with brevity is important in both areas and always a challenge.