Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up
— Pablo Picasso
 Painting in Telluride, Colorado

Painting in Telluride, Colorado

Artist Statement

My biggest treat as a child was a fresh box of crayons, life just did not get any better – the colors, the sharp tips, and the waxy smell. I’ve graduated from my crayons to soft pastels, but am still thrilled by the array of colors and the possibilities they present. Their intense, pure pigment allows for an immediacy and versatility in my artwork. Inspired by the beauty of nature, my paintings are impressionist landscapes where my goal is to distill the essence of a moment. Painting in plein air allows me total immersion into the environment, where I can feel a deep appreciation of nature’s ephemeral light and the true unfiltered color of the landscape. My studio work is a direct extension of my passion for the outdoors, I work from both studies done in plein air and personal photographs. Does life get any better than time in nature with a box of pastels?

Sarah’s artistic foundation began at Wittenburg University in Ohio and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. For the past 25 years, Sarah has been a graphic designer, but has always had a passion for the fine arts. After years of painting watercolors, she discovered pastels and fell in love. A New Jersey native, Sarah’s sense of adventure led her to settle in Alaska, Nevada, and Santiago, Chile.  For the past 18 years, she and her family have called Colorado home.

Awards

2018 - UART New York Award - Pastel USA • Pastel Society of West Coast • Morro Bay, CA

2018 - Honorable Mention • Pastel Society of Colorado 2018-2019 Calendar

2018 - Best Pastel • 37th Western Spirit Show and Sale • Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum  • Cheyenne, Wyoming

2017 - Second Place • Illuminated Online Show, Pastel Society of Colorado • www. pscshow.com  

2017 - Honorable Mention • Exhibition of Pastel Society of Colorado Signature Members • Center of Arts • Evergreen, CO

2017 - Top 15 • Pastel Society of Colorado 2017-2018 Calendar

2015 - Honorable Mention • Not Chalk Members Show • Pastel Society of Colorado • Grand Junction, CO  

Shows

2018

Plein Air Artists of Colorado 22nd Annual National Juried Exhibition • Sorrel Sky Gallery • Durango, Colorado

Evergreen Open Door Studio Tour • Evergreen, Colorado

Pastel Society of Colorado Member Show This Place • Pastel Society of Colorado • Colorado

Pastel USA • 32nd International Annual Exhibition • Pastel Society of the West Coast • Morro Bay, California - UART New York Award

Humphrey Historic Park & Museum • Solo show, Haunted by Water • Evergreen, Colorado

14th Annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition, Pastel Society of Colorado • PACE • Parker, Colorado

Gilpin County Arts Association 71st Annual Juried Exhibition • Central City, Colorado

Our Planet Exhibition • Curtis Center for the Arts  • Greenwood Village, Colorado

Pastel Society of New Mexico's 26th National Pastel Painting Exhibition • Sorrel Sky Gallery • Sante Fe, New Mexico

37th Western Spirit Show and SaleCheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum  • Cheyenne, Wyoming - Best Pastel

Horizons Online Show, Pastel Society of Colorado, www. pscshow.com

2017

A Holiday Smalls Invitational, Mary Williams Gallery, Boulder, CO

Illuminated Online Show, Pastel Society of Colorado, www. pscshow.com - Second Place

Pastel Society of Colorado 2017-2018 Calendar - Top 15

Evergreen Open Door Studio Tour, Evergreen, CO

21st National Juried Fine Art Exhibition, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Mary Williams Gallery, Boulder, CO

2017 Exhibition of Pastel Society of Colorado Signature Members, Center of Arts, Evergreen, CO

13th Annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition, Pastel Society of Colorado, Littleton Museum, LIttleton, Colorado

30th International Association of Pastel Societies Juried Exhibition, IAPS Convention, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Pure Pigment, Pastel Society of Colorado • Western Colorado Center for the Arts • Grand Junction, Colorado

Creekside Cellars Solo Exhibition • 28036 Highway 74 • Evergreen, Colorado

36th Western Spirit Show and SaleCheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum  • Cheyenne, Wyoming

2016

Small Works Show, Pastel Society of Colorado, The Artwork Network, Denver, Colorado

25th Annual National Pastel Painting Exhibition, Pastel Society of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Transitions Online Members Show, Pastel Society of Colorado, www. pscshow.com

Evergreen Open Door Studio Tour, Evergreen, CO

20th National Juried Fine Art Exhibition, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Mary Williams Gallery, Boulder, CO

6th Annual Plein Air Salon Competition June/July 2016., Plein Air Magazine

28th International Association of Pastel Societies Juried Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY

12th Annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition, Pastel Society of Colorado, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO

Pastel Society of Colorado Members Show: “Resolutions”, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Lakewood, CO

2015

19th National Juried Fine Art Exhibition, Plein Air Artists of Colorado, Mary Williams Gallery, Boulder, CO

Pastel Society of Colorado Miniatures Show, Humphrey History Park & Museum, Evergreen, CO

11th Annual Mile High International Pastel Exhibition, Pastel Society of Colorado, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO

Colorado Plein Air Festival Show, Golden Triangle Museum District, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO

PSC Members Show: “Not Chalk”, Western Colorado Center For the Arts, Grand Junction, CO 

5th Annual Plein Air Salon Dec./Jan., Plein Air Magazine

Organizations

Pastel Society of Colorado –  Master Signature Member

Pastel Society of America - Juried Associate Member

Plein Air Artists of Colorado

Pastel Society of West Coast

Evergreen Art Association

Art Student League of Denver