The Artist's Corner: All good art is personal
Practicing an art is a way of discovering what you are made of. When we make art — paint, write,
or Bob Dylan album, there can be found particular expressions of that artist's individuality.
By sharing our artwork with friends, family, and perhaps even the world, we are also sharing
ourselves. This is why all good art is personal. It brings the formless — our subconscious — into
form—upon the canvas, the page, the melody, etc. While we are creating art, we are having fun, as well as discovering the unique creation that is our own humanity.
This week we will be discovering the work of a very wonderful and dedicated artist.
Today's featured local artist is the very kind, delightful and creative, Sarah Johnson.
Sarah is a commissioned artist who paints portraits of much beloved pets. While most of her work very colorfully renders dogs and cats, she has also tried her hand at some more exotic
animals — with great success. While perusing her work, one is taken back by a portrait of a
majestic elephant, rendered in blue, violet and turquoise, complete with banana yellow tusks. In
another portrait, a noble, multi-colored llama, a curious bear, a mischievous raccoon, a wise owl, and an adorable, saucer-eyed otter.
The greatest aspect of her work, besides the gorgeous colors, are the personalities of the animals.
When Sarah paints a German Shepherd, she does not paint just any German Shepherd. She paints, specifically, that owner's unique and beloved pet. Sarah seems to paint with the soul and the individuality of her subject, grasped firmly in her mind.
Although her work is vibrant and fun, they are far from being caricatures. It might well be said
that the paintings come far closer to the reality of these animals than, say, a photograph of them. She captures the essence of her subjects perfectly — which has resulted in an explosion
of commissions from pet owners around the state and, impressively, as far as the East and West coast.
Interested in having a unique portrait of your own pet? Just check out the "Artsy Animals by
Sarah" Facebook page, or directly email the artist here: firstname.lastname@example.org
As per tradition, we shall sign off with our creative quote for the week, this one from the
masterful American painter, Georgia O'Keeffe: "I know now that most people are so closely
concerned with themselves that they are not aware of their own individuality... and it has helped
me to say what I want to say... in paint."