Arlington, Virginia artist Sandi Parker works in oil, acrylic, gouache and pastel, specializing in abstracts, impressionistic landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes and youth sports portraits. An active member of the Arlington Artists Alliance in Arlington, Virginia, Sandi is also a member of the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia, and the Rehoboth Art League in Rehoboth, Delaware. She is a member of Gallery Underground, the Arlington Artists Alliance's juried gallery in the Crystal City Shops at 2100 Crystal Drive in Arlington, VA. and exhibits at venues throughout Arlington as well as at area art shows. Her work has won awards, and been featured in local press. She is frequently accepted into local and national juried shows, and was chosen for a large-scale public art installation by the Crystal City Business Improvement District in Arlington for their public art project. Her abstracts Energie Violette I and Energie Violette II were enlarged to 10 feet by 10 feet and installed in Crystal City.
I enjoy painting in different mediums and styles, working in both abstract and impressionism. My abstracts are particularly influenced by street art and decaying urban walls. These pieces - mostly large-scale - are done in acrylic, and are highly layered and textured, radiating energy and movement with vibrant colors. In a nod to graffiti in my work, I like to frequently incorporate inspirational quotes, and I have also done commissions of canvases mimicking graffiti-covered walls, personalized to the client's specifications. In my more traditional work, I have long enjoyed re-creating on canvas the beauty of landscapes found on national and international travels. I love painting the excitement and energy of cities in my cityscapes, especially New York and Washington DC, where I live. As an avid gardener, painting landscapes of gardens, flower markets, and anything involving the brilliant hues of flowers brings me joy; and as a lifelong beach lover, in my seascapes I strive to create the serene mood through the colors of ocean and sky that I feel on summer beach vacations. I also became fascinated with painting portraits of youth sports when my son and daughter were on teams in school, and I continue to capture young people’s energy, drama and movement during games, matches and meets via commissions from parents.