Before opening her dedicated art studio in downtown Los Angeles, Sarah worked for two decades as an art director, set decorator and prop maker in film and theater, collaborating with entertainment industry luminaries to produce the sets and props for many projects including The Wonder Years, Freaks and Geeks and even a Bunraku puppet theater project for Rogue Theater Arts Ensemble, performed at the Segerstrom Center.
Sarah’s work is connected to, but not dominated by, a dramatic domestic violence incident in her 20s that became the springboard for her migration to Los Angeles. Inspired by the city’s “All Things are Possible” attitude, the sunny climate, and a discovery of Jungian depth psychology which launched her interest in dream symbolism, her artworks explore transition through and past trauma, developing core themes of emergence and renewal. Recurring symbols include allegorical figures, runic marks, and apotropaic/talismanic imagery drawn from her research into ancestral, esoteric and syncretic histories. She binds these elements into compositions which, like visual incantations, conjure openings for transformative re-imagination and personal agency.
She has presented solo shows at Topanga Canyon Gallery, Altadena Library Gallery, and Hidden Los Angeles Gallery, and has exhibited around the country in Tangent Gallery, Detroit; San Louis Obispo Museum of Art; Zapow Gallery, Asheville; Krikawa Gallery, Tuscon, AZ; Sugar Mynt Gallery,South Pasadena; FOLD Gallery, Los Angeles; bG Gallery, Santa Monica; and Fathom Gallery, Los Angeles, and was recently featured in Art Muzeo Magazine.
Sarah received a BFA in illustration and film animation from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, but her painting techniques and themes have emerged and developed from her own travels and inquiries.