The granddaughter of a rodeo rider in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, Sarah grew up in a small NJ suburb wishing to run away and join a roving carnival herself. Moving to LA with nothing but a bus pass and an armload of art, she found her opportunity at the funky Venice film studio of Roger Corman. Joining the art department of his latest low budget space adventure, she entered the energetically inventive arena of the entertainment world where she remained for many years designing and fabricating props and sets for films, television shows and even an iconoclastic puppet theater production.
Like set design, Sarah’s artworks are a form of storytelling. Many of the characters or situations are pulled from dreams, which are then sketched and combined until the final compositions come into focus.
Her subject matter is often allegorical, revealing human shortcomings, our relationship with nature and the many challenges we all face. Using color and symbols as narrative elements, her artworks employ a contemporary visual language, while also pulling from ancestral memories and the collective unconscious.
Sarah has exhibited her artworks around the US, most recently appearing at Ghost Gallery in Seattle, and Sylvia White Gallery in Agoura. She has also exhibited at the Ontario Museum of History and Art, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, The Autry Museum, and Lancaster MOAH/Cedar where she won the Mayor’s Award for best painting.
Her work has also been featured in film productions (Yes Day, Atypical, Grown-ish & Criminal Minds, among others) and publications including Unpsychology Magazine, Pomona Valley Review, The Book of Sighs and Art Muzeo Magazine.
I live and work in an area known to fire crews as a Wildlife Urban Interface. In this ragged borderland I watch nature tenaciously grapple with human impact, much like a tree growing its bark around an intruding nail. A plowed wasteland turns into a field of lupines; new shoots rise from the ashes of recent fires; coyotes and rabbits, both tricksters, continue their outwitting dance.
Life is resilient, sometimes it’s insanely lucky, but it’s also so delicate, a porcelain teacup we all share. My paintings are colorful visual stories that reflect our shared ride – tangled and fragile, yet often magical and durable – sailing along in this crazy, beautiful, perilous teacup.
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Art about people, nature and being.