Sarah officially began her career as an artist when she was 14 years of age with her first one-person show. Since then there have been a myriad twists and accomplishments all with her love of the natural world and desire to give of her talents to help preserve it and to promote education about it. A snapshot of the path she has taken would include her extensive work with the great international wetlands conservation group, Ducks Unlimited. She was an official National flyway artist, a Virginia Sponsor Artist, and a Greenwing Artist as well as an area chairman for 3 years. Quail Unlimited commissioned her to be a celebrity artist for three years, thus helping raise money for essential habitat and research to support the Eastern Bobwhite Quail in the U.S. Her paintings of neotropical transient songbirds and indigenous wildflowers were featured by the Tennessee Conservationist Magazine in a project aimed to educate and encourage support for roadside wildflower plantings. For many years, Sarah was a fixture in many top-level juried wildlife shows such as the Easton Waterfowl Festival, and was the featured artist for the North Carolina Wildlife Art Exhibition, During this period Sarah was listed as one of the top 100 wildlife artists in North America, and featured in an Exhibition in Toronto, Canada of the top realist painters in North America.
Sarah has recently relocated and opened a gallery and studio in the town of Floyd Virginia near the Blue Ridge Parkway. She teaches limited private or semi-private lessons, works on her painting projects and private commissions, and delights in meeting her collectors as well as new customers in her gallery.
Inside the gallery, you will find original paintings of birds, waterfowl, landscapes, and seascapes of places in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the East Coast beaches, and tidelands as well as a large body of work featuring Ireland. You will also find. a variety of products such as children's books, journals, poetry books, and notecards. All of these items have Sarah's paintings on them. There are also a wide variety of fine art giclee prints, miniature framed giclee prints, and miniature originals as well.
"I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. It all began with a wonderful first-grade teacher, Mrs. Webb, who gave me special art projects to do to keep me engaged. She spoke with my parents and recommended private art lessons for me. They did find a teacher and continued to find a new teacher in every new place we moved. It kept me painting and trying out new techniques and mediums. Trying new things is probably one of the most important aspects of my personal art growth and philosophy. In my opinion, art is like science with soul. The scientific process involves looking outside the box for the how and why of things. The artist's process also involves thinking outside the box to find new ways to achieve the artist's vision. First comes the idea, the vision, the creative voice. Then the mind of the artist gives wings to that voice and vision. The soul moves through the hands and eyes of the artist to create and to communicate something that is intrinsically dynamic and abstract."