There is a connection between every creature on this earth. If we are honest with each other, we can find that connection, even though we are quite different in contrast to each other.
As many artists have experienced, I suppressed my artistic talents for many years and for many reasons. Often we are taught that it is not practical to make a living as an artist. Life gets complicated with the mundane necessities, until one day the artist cannot take it any more. This is what happened with me for over 20 years of denying my talent, containing my creative release.
It is surprising to me and to those who know me how my art has evolved. I started out as a 12-year-old young girl, living in isolation as the youngest of six children, on top of a mountain in French Creek, West Virginia. In the beginning, I concentrated on ink drawings, making most of my art become simply black and white. It was so very comfortable for me for so long. Occasionally, subtle color would sneak into the backgrounds of some of my pen and ink drawings. I was very rigid with my work, fascinated by the use of rulers and what I perceived as a controlled perfection. When I finally carried myself through to the other side and started actually living as an artist on January 1, 2016, the flooding creativity produced vibrant use of color and surprisingly an ability to be looser and freer with my techniques. For lack of a better way of describing it, my range widened, allowing me to not only fall back on my original line drawings, but also finding myself at the other extreme of wildly free expression, mostly abstract in nature with just a hint of realism peeking through from time to time.
The series I am currently working on is titled “The Stream of Collective Consciousness.” Every day in 2016 I wrote a word on the calendar (a verb, something positive and universally understood, a word that hit me strongly every day) and I have used these words as the inspiration for each piece of my art. When my series is completed, I will have a full year of art representing each day of the year. My media includes watercolor, ink, acrylic, pastels, fabric paint, and colored pencils. I often use metallic ink in my production.
After struggling with a signature that was consistent, I was influenced by M.C. Escher's solution, which uses block letters in a recognizable style. Thus, I developed my SARA G signature, which has truly made my art familiar to my growing fan base.