‚ÄčArtist Bio

Sandra Paynter Washburn is a professional artist and art educator who maintains a studio in the Chattanooga, TN area. Her studio work has evolved to include exploratory acrylic painting and mixed media paintings and assemblages.  Sandra is an experimental artist whose work and working methods have been featured in The Artists Magazine. She has earned a signature membership in National Watercolor Society,  Southern Watercolor and Tennessee Watercolor Society, where her aqueous acrylic paintings have won numerous awards. In 2016, Sandra won best abstract painting in the Tennessee Watercolor Society Biannual Exhibition, juried by internationally renowned artist and instructor John Salminen. She has a BFA in Art Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where her studio concentrations were painting and fibers.

Sandra is the founder and president of MMIA, Mixed Media Inspired Artists, a group comprised of advanced students and professional artists in her classes. Sandra teaches weekly acrylic and mixed media classes at Art Creations at Hamilton Place. Visit for details of upcoming classes. Sandra is a demonstrating artist for Strathmore, Ampersand and Golden products, and travels regionally on behalf of these companies. She is represented by In-Town Gallery and Reflections Gallery in Chattanooga, TN.

Sandra Paynter Washburn

 Artist Statement

Painting or engaging in some act of creativity daily is very important to me. It keeps me in tune with the beauty and rhythms in the world around me, and gives me a means of articulating my responses to these and other stimuli. Paraphrasing Georgia O'Keeffe, I can say things through my art that I have no other means of expressing.

My work and working methods have evolved to include, but are not limited to, acrylic painting, and  mixed media painting and assemblages. I prefer to begin working by making a few choices pertaining to composition, color and content, but with no distinct image in mind. This method allows me to keep my options open as the work assumes its own reality. I try to work just until the desired content is suggested, leaving each piece open-ended enough to allow each viewer his own interpretation of the piece. Because I have spent the last 30 years of my life in exploratory painting, I have an extensive range of techniques and theories to draw upon, and I freely share these with students in my classes.

Being an artist is my first calling, being a teacher is my second.