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 madcap arena of the entertainment world where she worked 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 through which she creates thoughtful symbolic narratives that express her feelings about vulnerability, dramatic life transitions, and breaking points.
Following a Taoist principle of flow, going where energy organically leads rather than trying to force direction, her compositions gather from disorder into order like seedlings moving towards light.
Her subject matter is often mythical, drawn from a place between sleeping and waking. Using colors, forms and ideograms, her artworks communicate using a direct, contemporary visual language, while also resonating at a subliminal frequency of ancestral memory and the collective unconscious.
Sarah has exhibited her artworks around the US, most recently appearing 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 persistently bend around human impact like a tree’s bark growing around a nail. A plowed wasteland turns into a field of lupines; new shoots rise through the ashes of last year’s 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.