Robyn Sand Anderson Robyn Sand Anderson, of Decorah, IA, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art and Art Education from Luther College. She has been a professional artist specializing in watercolor and acrylic for over 30 years. After a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis in 2008, her paintings also changed. She suffered extreme and constant pain and fatigue for years, at one point believing that she would no longer be able to paint at all. With medication and rest, she has been painting again since 2010 and is back up to speed and good health. Her experience of suffering led her to acrylic abstract expressionism which, in her words, speaks more eloquently to the mystery of suffering and hope, and our relationship with God and each other.

Robyn's current work in acrylic on paper, canvas or gessobord would fall into the category of abstract expressionism. "I have fallen into a medium and style that truly captures what is inside me for the first time in my career as an artist. I use layer upon layer of vibrant color, full of movement and texture, both applied and suggested. I use music, books, film, and poetry to inspire the theme I am working on. I am especially moved by sacred choral music and am planning to work on a body of work inspired by various choral pieces. I have painted one inspired by "O Magnum Mysterium" and was commissioned to interpret seven cantatas from Buxehude's "Membra Jesu Nostri" with the Duke University Chapel Choir (CD available"

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