Contemporary artist Sara Richardson

zero to 60 in moments

I wasn’t born with a brush in my hand nor did I start drawing when I was 3. I grew up in a small town where art was not really essential (at the time) which meant I had a late start compared to some of my colleagues. It was my 3rd year in college when I suddenly learned I had a talent for painting. 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.

Determined

I graduated with a BFA and honors in painting and was accepted into the MFA program at University of Washington, Seattle. There was a point during this time I was becoming extremely 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.

Bananas & More

After grad-school to fund my studio pursuits and ultimately help support my family, I worked as an interface designer that led to a stellar 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 many big named brands such as WD-40 Company, MapMyFitness and Chiquita 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 — to return my entire focus to painting, drawing and photography. I have never been happier.


Contemporary artist Sara Richardson

“I feel fortunate to have lived and worked all over the place (Washington DC being my favorite in some ways) and seen/breathed-in/felt so much. It feels great to be in my studio 100% — it’s where I am meant to be.”

Being and artistry is poetic liberty. Profound and full of discovery where I am free to engage in the process of painting with a thoughtful purposeful hand. I find myself deliberately creating works of contradiction where the beautiful lives on one side – organized tangles on the other.

Cerebral paired with romantically obvious elements. Intent. Gentle upheaval, imaginary textured patterns and a dash of quirky humor. These conflicting elements begin to reform meanings and plots in the unfolding drama of found spaces – defined through color, canvas and imprint.

 

Education

  • Master in Fine Art, Painting and Drawing, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Bachelor in Fine Art, Painting and Drawing, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • Summer Programs, Painting and Sculpture, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL

Awards

  • Springfield Art Museum – cash award
  • Seniors Making Art A Dale Chihuly nonprofit organization – mini grant teaching experience
  • Bellevue Arts Museum – honorable mention
  • University of Washington – tuition grant awards, TA grant
  • University of Kansas – honors exhibitions grant awards
  • University of Kansas – purchase award – first (ever) painting purchase for the university’s permanent collection

Gallery & Organization Affiliations

  • Galerie Elektra – Sausalito, California
  • Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center – Virginia
  • Saatchi Art, The Artling, Singular Art

Known Corporate & Design Projects

  • AC Hotel, San Antonio
  • Marriott Spring Hill Suites, Atlanta
  • Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Carlsbad

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2016-2021 Saatchi Art – Curated Collections
  • 2020-2021 The Artling – Curated Collections
  • Galerie Elektra – Bay Area – ongoing
  • 2017-2020 Artfinder – Curated Collections
  • 2019 Williamsburg Contemporary Art – Juried Exhibition
  • 2019 Stryker Center, Williamsburg – Group Show
  • 2017 Gallerique Curated Marine Collection
  • 2016 Bella Arts, Colorado – Solo Artist
  • 2002 Brokers Building, San Diego – Group Show
  • 1997 222 Gallery, Los Angeles – Juried Exhibition
  • 1996 Springfield Art Museum – Juried Exhibition
  • 1995 Bellevue Arts Museum – Juried Exhibition
  • 1995 University of Washington – MFA Show
  • 1991-93 Various Juried Exhibitions, Kansas City
  • 1990-93 KU Honors Award Exhibitions