Artistís Statement:

 I have consistently returned to the garden as a subject because I paint what I love to see.  For years Iíve studied gardens, drawing and photographing them extensively at different times of day and night, observing many light and color changes.  Gardens and still lifes moved to garden settings are ideal subjects for the sensuous representation of fruits, flowers, and disheveled greenery Ė all beautiful and powerful everyday wonders.
Painting water gardens became a natural extension, bringing together many themes which I love most: the surge of color and the paradox of
freezing in a still image that is never still.  Painting water presents an interesting formal problem because it can be any color, itís moveable, and has no set visual description. 
I see water gardens as man-made containers of nature, set in nature which they reflect.   The dancing surface rhythms reflect not only the sky and other natural surroundings but the depth of the water as well.  Where you see the surface you also see through it and under it, focusing on the dematerialized objects present there.

I want to share not only the vibrant color of these places but also the more subtle and unexpected wonders Ė the rhythm of the water at the pondís edge or the breeze on a summer evening.


Sydni Sterling is an Indianola painter, art educator and former award-winning art director for Frederick & Nelson department store in Seattle.  Born and raised in the Willamette River valley in Oregon, she received her B.A. in painting at the University of Oregon and studied at the Ecole Superior des Beaux Arts in Dijon, France.

Sterling has earned numerous awards at Northwest juried art festivals, including the Bellevue Art Museum Fair, Edmonds Arts Fair, and is a three-time best of show winner at the North Kitsap Arts and Crafts Fair.

Her paintings and drawings have been included in exhibits at the Cheney Cowles Art Museum in Spokane and the Bellevue Art Museum.  Her work appears in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

Current work can be seen in galleries in Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii and at her studio in Indianola, WA where she lives with husband, Mike Dillon, and their two sons.  

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 please call 360-297-4161. bigmaiku@aol.com or syd@sydnisterling.com