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. Upon receiving her BFA from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, she moved 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 where she joined the art department of his latest low-budget space adventure, “Android.” There she entered the energetically inventive arena of the entertainment world where she remained for many years designing and fabricating murals, props, and sets for films, television shows, and even an iconoclastic puppet theater production.
Sarah now works full-time in her own studio creating artworks that, like set and prop design, are a form of storytelling. Her compositions revolve around the relationships humans have with each other and with nature, often employing a symbolic visual language rooted in dreams, mythic iconography and ancestral memories.
She has exhibited her artworks across the US, most recently appearing at Ghost Gallery in Seattle, Sylvia White Gallery in Agoura, and Castelli Art Space in LA. 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 been featured in film productions (Doogie Kamealoha M.D., Yes Day, Atypical, Grown-ish & Criminal Minds, among others) and publications including Shout Out LA, Unpsychology Magazine, Pomona Valley Review and Art Muzeo Magazine.
Sarah also writes about art and artists on Medium.
I grew up in a place with woods and rain. I spent summers on my stomach watching salamanders, frogs, and insects do their things. During the snowy months, I passed my free time reading fairy tales, mythologies and folklore.
I now live in a rocky canyon at the western edge of Los Angeles County. This is an area known to fire crews as a Wildlife Urban Interface, an undeveloped space where city and nature collide. Here I am occupied by different kinds of plants, animals, and local lore.
My childhood habitat’s weather cycles included a lot of rain and snow. In my new environment, wet is replaced by dry. Fire is one of our yearly seasons (along with Rain, Wind, Mud, and sometimes Earthquake) where people and animals run in tandem for shelter. Genus loci, human behavior, and the persistence of nature are all central themes in this evolving story.
Life can be resilient, or insanely lucky. It is also very fragile. My paintings focus on describing my world and its varied inhabitants as oneiric archetypes in an ever-changing world. Through my art, I reflect on this life of ours: tangled and fraught, yet often magical and durable, a ride we all share on this beautiful, protean, vulnerable planet.
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Art about Nature and Being.