In my painting I aim to capture the powerful vitality within and beyond the visual realm. Through a range of expressive methods—realism, impressionism, abstraction—my work attempts to evoke the beauty of the unseen, the beauty of what is deeply felt when witnessing works of art. The fulfillment I gain through my practice is above all about connection. I see painting as an imaginative activity that puts me in touch with the distinct feelings of my subject matter. Capturing this powerful essence ensures these immaterial sensations are shared. As viewers connect to the work and to each other, the world is charged with new energy flows.
The Living Palette
Like many artists I can’t and won’t limit myself to one subject matter; I paint what I am passionate about and this changes often, however I have found myself continually revisiting the gorgeous gifts that nature blesses us with which have currently become a blossoming obsession for me. Brenna and I had a floral vision we wanted to share with you, and after a long, crazy-cold and snowy winter we think the timing is perfect.
Close your eyes, take a deep breath in and allow the space we created for you to envelope you like a dream. Experience the vibrant, textural visual expression - a playground for your imagination pillowed by luscious tufts of moss. It is our dream-like journey of a million painted petals and layers of viridian, lime and chartreuse foliage, this is a room where pigments of nature bind to canvas entangled by live tangible inspiration.
We hope to entertain your senses while you let nature act out it’s story; watch it dance, play, sing and fill the room with floral scents that inspires life, art and hopefully you.
I have always felt that we are not much different than the trees that surround us. My work strives to not only convey the beauty of nature but also our relationship, connections and similarities to it. Like trees in the forest, we too have roots, some that run deep and others that are just beginning. Our roots are connected and help us to be strong as individuals and community. If we can expose our roots, have a transparency about them, we can better learn from each other and understand each other creating a more positive and peaceful place to live.
My artwork explores our relationships with wild animals as living beings and as concepts. I feel humans need continual reminding that we are only tenants on this planet, and I believe that art is an accessible means to offer this reminder. I am currently focused on a return to my original love of drawing and storytelling, and am happy to be combining these passions to explore deeper connections between humans and the natural world.
The following photos include paintings and gallery installation views that were part of Sarah's 2018 exhibition, Spirits From the Woods.