After graduating from Art Center College of Design in 1984, Sara began her career as an illustrator in Los Angeles and New York. Her clients ranged from Chronicle Books, Simon and Schuster, Chicago Tribune Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Bon Appetit. She became a skilled illustrator with over twenty years of experience, capturing subjects that varied from objects to scenes and people.
As a young student, her decision to pursue a career in illustration reflected a compromise between her true desires and her responsibilities—to family, to adulthood, to a culture of work and expectations. Art was the motivation and illustration was a way to do it in the responsible working world. At 24, she recalled thinking that the fine arts students at Art Center were “gutsy,” not feeling she could do the same.
Eventually, Sara’s focus changed with marriage and motherhood; during these years, she lived through a cycle of womanhood that would inform the shift in her work. In 2007, Sara left illustration and began creating large scale pastels based on the female figure. For the next eight years, she would continue exploring with pastels, still influenced by the years of structure in illustration. Pursuing art this time around reflected a larger lived life, more freedom—it was her foray into fine art.
In 2016, Sara experienced a release from the forms she once felt so beholden to, and thus began her exploration of abstract work. Using acrylic, graphite, and oils, she created with a freedom that flowed through her unlike anything she had felt before. The experiences that once informed her sense of self had come full circle and she let them go to return to a familiar yet unexplored self. This new work was now a reflection of just Sara, without constraints.
The following year would find Sara venturing to Italy and Japan, where she experimented with new techniques, tools and mediums in art. Here, she explored her identity within new cultures and languages. No longer surrounded by the cultural ideas and scenarios that had defined her, she was able to gain clarity about the woman that had been there all along.
Sara’s work, since, reflects the novel and the familiar, exploration and depth, the evolution of a woman and her return to self. She explores how colors and strokes compliment yet contrast each other, mirroring how the complexities of life often do. There are layers and boldness, reminiscent of the fullness of emotions in a human life. Glimpses or splashes of sky, often present in the works, express the unrestrained dimensions of self, spirituality, and the unknown. The boundlessness of abstract expressionism is where Sara has found her voice.