About Sara Richardson
There are no upcoming events
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.
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.