Who Am I?

“A [person] should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of [their] life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Robyn Sand Anderson:

Abstract Expressionist

Beginning Novelist

(and Prolific Weaver of Potholders)

Robyn Sand Anderson, a native of Decorah, IA, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art and Art Education from Luther College in Decorah. She taught high school art for four years and has been a professional artist specializing in transparent watercolor and acrylic for over thirty years. After a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis in 2008, Sand Anderson’s paintings also changed. She suffered extreme and constant pain and fatigue for over two years, at one point believing that she would no longer be able to paint at all. With medication, rest, healthy food and exercise, she has been painting again since 2010. Moving from representational watercolors to acrylic abstract expressionism, she has found non-objective painting expresses those things that are hard to understand or explain. She has had four exhibits exploring the mystery of human suffering without becoming macabre. Her use of bright, vibrant color always moves toward hope. Since her own diagnosis she is especially attuned to those who suffer and hopes to be a visual voice for hope and healing.

Most recently, Robyn has been interpreting choral, orchestral and eclectic folk music with color, movement and texture. The genre doesn’t seem to matter, Robyn is drawn to the power of combining visual art and music. The power of lyric adds another dimension. She finds that she “sees” color when listening to music, which seems to especially inspire her creativity.

Robyn Sand Anderson has been working as an illustrator and painter for various companies, businesses and churches, using a variety of styles and media. She enjoys working commissions with clients developing trust and flexibility in creating paintings that are pleasing to both parties. Sand Anderson loves the challenge of interpreting life with color, movement and texture. Once troubled by the breadth of her styles, she now embraces it as a gift and loves variety. She never gets bored. With the return of good health, she treasures her ability to paint every day.


My latest endeavors:

I received an arts grant from the SWMN Arts Council and the McKnight Foundation to travel to Norway to study the life, environment and music of Edvard Grieg and to create a body of work interpreting 10 pieces of his music. Here’s a link:

I am a fiscal year 2021 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. My project is to create affordable instructional painting videos for beginners and those who have never tried it, using color to grow and heal during this pandemic. Here’s a link:

I have been interpreting music with color, texture and movement including Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, Arvo Pårt’s Magnificat & Sieben Antiphonen, Bach’s Mass In B Minor, Grieg and others. See all in my gallery.

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