Sara Richardson

Joined Artfinder: Nov. 2016

Artworks for sale: 186

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United States

About Sara Richardson

 
 
  • Biography

    I am a professional multi-disciplinary artist currently working on several different series thematically represented by abstract organics, land and water. Some of my most influential artists are Leon Golub, El Greco, Cindy Sherman, David Park and former professor H. Røgeberg. That being said...


    Growing up in a small mid-western town where art was not essential or valued at the time meant I had a late start compared to some of my colleagues. I wasn’t born with a brush in my hand nor did I start drawing when I was three. However, I was naturally creative with what I had available to me and spent tremendous amounts of time outdoors imagining, playing and writing. I realize now looking back, a dynamic imagination is one of the footholds in a strong artistic foundation.
     
    Zero to 60 in Moments
    The 3rd year in college is where my choices fully opened and I suddenly learned I had a talent for painting. I’d like to be clear how fortunate I am — a lot of life events could have happened that didn’t. Some of my personality traits helped propel me through this period in my life. I went from zero to 60 in moments and did it while battling progressive severe ulcerative colitis. I was also given a lot of help for which I am grateful.

    The artwork I produced at the University of Kansas triggered scholarship awards, exhibitions and later KU purchased the painting (the first time in the school’s history) “Unity”. I was then encouraged to study and the School of the Art Institute Chicago for the summer painting and sculpture programs – another major eye opener. I’d never seen a museum like the Art Institute Chicago before in my life.

    Stubborn? No, Determined
    I graduated with a BFA / honors in painting and was accepted into the MFA painting program at the University of Washington, Seattle. I flourished in the studio environment, grew to treasure the freedoms granted to me and loved the cultural events the city offered.

    There was a point during this time I was becoming terribly ill and thought I would have to drop out of grad-school. I refused. I mean it - I absolutely refused.  I took 3 months off, had 3 major surgeries and stubbornly insisted on returning as soon as I could.  Call me Ms. Determined. After grad-school, instead of moving to NYC as expected, I relocated to Los Angeles. I was young (recovering from life-altering surgeries), wanted to experience all kinds of worlds, do the unexpected and get to know something completely different. I continued to paint, show in group exhibitions and consistently sold work in South Hollywood.

    Bananas
    To fund my studio pursuits and ultimately help support my family, I worked as an interface designer that led to a stellar long term career in web development. I wrote for Yahoo! and Microsoft, was a guest expert for Microsoft Small Business and the lead creative force behind countless companies including WD-40 Company and Chiquita Bananas. Yes, bananas. During my web career I continued to make art, but there was always an element of unrest because of the constant divided attention between a demanding career and time in the studio. In 2012, I made one of the best decisions of my life —  return my entire focus to painting, drawing and photography. I have never been happier.

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  • Education

    1993 - present

    University of Washington: Master in Fine Art

    1992 - present

    School of the Art Institute Chicago: Painting and Sculpture Summer Courses

    1990 - present

    University of Kansas: Bachelor in Fine Art

  • Awards

    2018

    Selected

    '16 - '18 Artfinder Curated Collections
    '16 - '18 Saatchi Art Curated Collections
    '17 Vango Curated Collections
    '17 Gallerique Curated Collections
    '16 Bella Arts, CO – Solo Artist

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    1997

    Seniors Making Art - Dale Chihuly nonprofit organization

    Mini grant teaching experience

    1996

    Springfield Art Museum

    Cash award - national watercolor juried competition

    1995

    Bellevue Arts Museum

    Honorable mention - national juried competition for black and white photography

    1994

    University of Washington

    Grant tuition award

    1993

    University of Kansas

    Honors exhibition grant award

    1993

    University of Washington

    Grant tuition award

    1992

    University of Kansas - Honors Exhibition Purchase Award

    First (ever) painting purchase for the university's permanent collection plus grant award

    1991

    University of Kansas

    Honors exhibition grant award
  • Upcoming Events

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Links


Education

1993 - present

University of Washington: Master in Fine Art

1992 - present

School of the Art Institute Chicago: Painting and Sculpture Summer Courses

1990 - present

University of Kansas: Bachelor in Fine Art


Awards

2018

Selected

'16 - '18 Artfinder Curated Collections
'16 - '18 Saatchi Art Curated Collections
'17 Vango Curated Collections
'17 Gallerique Curated Collections
'16 Bella Arts, CO – Solo Artist

Show more awardsHide

1997

Seniors Making Art - Dale Chihuly nonprofit organization

Mini grant teaching experience

1996

Springfield Art Museum

Cash award - national watercolor juried competition

1995

Bellevue Arts Museum

Honorable mention - national juried competition for black and white photography

1994

University of Washington

Grant tuition award

1993

University of Kansas

Honors exhibition grant award

1993

University of Washington

Grant tuition award

1992

University of Kansas - Honors Exhibition Purchase Award

First (ever) painting purchase for the university's permanent collection plus grant award

1991

University of Kansas

Honors exhibition grant award

There are no upcoming events


 

Biography

I am a professional multi-disciplinary artist currently working on several different series thematically represented by abstract organics, land and water. Some of my most influential artists are Leon Golub, El Greco, Cindy Sherman, David Park and former professor H. Røgeberg. That being said...


Growing up in a small mid-western town where art was not essential or valued at the time meant I had a late start compared to some of my colleagues. I wasn’t born with a brush in my hand nor did I start drawing when I was three. However, I was naturally creative with what I had available to me and spent tremendous amounts of time outdoors imagining, playing and writing. I realize now looking back, a dynamic imagination is one of the footholds in a strong artistic foundation.
 
Zero to 60 in Moments
The 3rd year in college is where my choices fully opened and I suddenly learned I had a talent for painting. I’d like to be clear how fortunate I am — a lot of life events could have happened that didn’t. Some of my personality traits helped propel me through this period in my life. I went from zero to 60 in moments and did it while battling progressive severe ulcerative colitis. I was also given a lot of help for which I am grateful.

The artwork I produced at the University of Kansas triggered scholarship awards, exhibitions and later KU purchased the painting (the first time in the school’s history) “Unity”. I was then encouraged to study and the School of the Art Institute Chicago for the summer painting and sculpture programs – another major eye opener. I’d never seen a museum like the Art Institute Chicago before in my life.

Stubborn? No, Determined
I graduated with a BFA / honors in painting and was accepted into the MFA painting program at the University of Washington, Seattle. I flourished in the studio environment, grew to treasure the freedoms granted to me and loved the cultural events the city offered.

There was a point during this time I was becoming terribly ill and thought I would have to drop out of grad-school. I refused. I mean it - I absolutely refused.  I took 3 months off, had 3 major surgeries and stubbornly insisted on returning as soon as I could.  Call me Ms. Determined. After grad-school, instead of moving to NYC as expected, I relocated to Los Angeles. I was young (recovering from life-altering surgeries), wanted to experience all kinds of worlds, do the unexpected and get to know something completely different. I continued to paint, show in group exhibitions and consistently sold work in South Hollywood.

Bananas
To fund my studio pursuits and ultimately help support my family, I worked as an interface designer that led to a stellar long term career in web development. I wrote for Yahoo! and Microsoft, was a guest expert for Microsoft Small Business and the lead creative force behind countless companies including WD-40 Company and Chiquita Bananas. Yes, bananas. During my web career I continued to make art, but there was always an element of unrest because of the constant divided attention between a demanding career and time in the studio. In 2012, I made one of the best decisions of my life —  return my entire focus to painting, drawing and photography. I have never been happier.

 
 
 
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