Supporting Local Art: Spotlight on Sarah England

A couple of years ago I was looking to have a portrait made of our dog a.k.a. “our little pumpkin spice puppy”, Kobi.  I knew that I wanted a watercolor, and preferably something quirky.  I found Sarah on Etsy, and it was a complete coincidence that she hailed from the ATL. Sold.
Kobi Farber
Sarah captured Kobi’s sassy demeanor to a tee.  She’s painted people’s dogs, cats, and other pets.  Many people buy them as gifts, perhaps even for a loved one who has lost a pet and would like to memorialize them in the form of a watercolor painting.  You can find more information, including prices on Sarah’s Etsy page: ArtbySarahEngland
Born and raised in Georgia, Sarah graduated with a BFA from University of West Ga and unlike many, can proudly say that she makes a living as a full time artist.  Although she has several side “hustles”, such as assisting a jewelry maker, and selling clay sculptures of the moon, Sarah is a painter, specializing in watercolor.
flowers in her hair
“I am so thankful that with an inspired mind, my left hand, and just a paint brush or pencil, I can be self-sustainable.”
Besides her own mother, who is a talented watercolor artist in her own right, Sarah says that seeing work by local artists inspires her most to create more work of her own.  Sarah’s studio lies within her apartment.  Above her workspace hangs a map of the U.S., with a pin in each city where her work hangs.  What a cool reminder of what she’s accomplished and to just keep moving forward… There are a lot of pins on this map and from what I’ve learned, she needs to upgrade to a map of the world.  Maybe soon…
sarahs desk
Sarah's Palette
peaches
Much of Sarah’s recent work has had a moody tone, characterized with a darker neutral palette.  I knew that Sarah was the one who should paint our family portrait.  But we didn’t sit for her.  This is her tribute to our love of Halloween.  All I can say is that I couldn’t be happier.
The Farbers

faces

snake girl

I can tell you from experience, watercolor painting is not an easy medium.  This girl has talent.  You can find existing work for sale, or commission her for a portrait of your pet via her Etsy page.  She also posts new work to Instagram.  Look, share, follow, SUPPORT local artists.  Sarah hosts shows in local coffee shops and even hair salons, but most of her work is sold via word of mouth.  So spread the word.
Sarah's Puppy

Encaustic is the New Black

Actually, encaustic painting is one of the oldest forms of art in the world.  It is done by mixing pure pigment (minerals from the Earth) with beeswax and resin, and fusing them  onto wood or other prepared surfaces, using heat.  It has been used in the creation of art dating back to Ancient Egypt… but that’s not why I found myself so interested.

closeupbrush.jpgBeing a photographer, I love the idea of incorporating photographs into other mediums.  My second love was painting.  I never did anything with it beyond college, until now.  This weekend, I attended a mixed media encaustic workshop by local artist, Helen DeRamus.  She showed us the proper tools and techniques for creating encaustic works of art.  The possibilities are truly endless.Helen.jpgHelen provided me with some semi-transparent silk sheets (think pantyhose), and I printed some old images that I had found in my grandparent’s stash of photos from their travels throughout Europe in the 1950s.

heat gun.jpgI was careful not to burn the silk, so used an electric heat gun to fuse the image into a layer of wax medium.  After I built up a few layers, I took a torch to it.  Working with fire is awesome.  No better way to word it.

Paw1.jpggommypaw.jpgAnd so, it looks like I’m going shopping for materials.  My office/studio space is getting very, very crowded.

To see Helen’s work, please check out her website or visit DK Gallery, in the Marietta square.