I have been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember. As an only child, making art was my way of filling my time. I invented imaginary worlds, filled with birds, characters, and stories.
Making art always fills the void and helps to develop a deep inner life. From an early age, Sarah identified with birds because of their migration patterns and the fact that she moved often as a child and was always the “new kid” which is why they are a principle part of her art.
Her Grandmother taught her a great deal about birds. They would go on walks and identify them together. When she passed away in 2014, Sarah acquired her bird books and continues to inspire others to find birds in nature through her art.
Sarah turns to art as therapy to balance an art career with family life. The escape to a quiet contemplative space to achieve balance is something she did growing up as a child.
She teaches a class at the Evanston Art Center called Birds and Botanicals, where the students go on outings to discover them. For Sarah, birds represent freedom and escape. She paints them because she is fascinated with their beauty and their mannerisms.
Sarah earned an MFA from the University of Chicago in 2003. In addition to teaching at the Evanston Art Center in Evanston, IL, She also teaches art at the Harold Washington College, and the Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago. She exhibits her work throughout the US. Recent exhibitions include the Midwestern Biennial at the Rockford Museum of Art as well as a solo show at the Lillstreet Art Center.