Where creativity is nurtured, skills are acquired, and art is made
Sarah J. Webber was born in 1958 and grew up in St. Paul, MN in an artistic family. She began drawing early, and having a love for animals she became obsessed with drawing horses and dogs, as she both took riding lessons and showed her black lab, Juliet. She graduated from the University of MN in 1987, with a fine arts degree in vocal performance and a minor in art history. Before becoming an artist, Sarah sang professionally in both opera and rock bands. She completed a USO tour of the Mediterranean and Saudi Arabia as the lead singer of a R & B band in 1986.
In 1987, she relocated west to Jackson Hole, Wy, a favorite family spot. There, she became interested in oil painting after meeting some of the local artists, which included Bill Freeman, a palette knife painter she considers an early influence and mentor. Bill taught Sarah about painting from life, observing nature and provided a wonderful studio environment for which she could study art and learn. In the 1990`s she relocated to Scottsdale, AZ, and furthered her art studies at Scottsdale Artist School. In 2001, after spending nearly 10 years working in art galleries, she began to explore the idea of painting full time. At that time she lived in the beautiful Salinas Valley in California and started painting small studies of local barnyard animals and wildlife, a subject matter she loves, and having the opportunity to place her work in a local gallery noticed that her work was quickly purchased.
After that Sarah began to be represented by prominent galleries and her work was recognized by Stuart Johnson, Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, the Mountain Oyster Club and Southwest Art Magazine. Sarah's animals are painterly but also include an element of realism. She is inspired by beautiful warm color and lively grays, an athletic, chunky brushstroke and strong sense of design. Sarah`s influences include deceased masters Carl Rungius, W. R. Leigh, Bob Kuhn (whose studio in Tucson she had the great fortune of working in this past year), living artists Peggi Kroll Roberts and western painter Glenn Dean. In the past few years Sarah's work has appeared in many top exhibits and museum shows, including Western Visions in Jackson, WY, Art of the Animal Kingdom at the Bennington in VT, Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC, Weekend in the West, Evergreen, CO, Western Masters, Great Falls, MT, "Cowgirl Up!" The Desert Caballeros Museum, Wickenburg, AZ and the Clymer Museum in Ellensburg, WA, which hosted a major exhibition of her work in 2009. Her work consistently appears in the Settlers West American Miniatures Show in Tucson, AZ, The Legacy Gallery Holiday Show in Scottsdale, AZ and the Mountain Oyster Club in Tucson, AZ, where she is part of their permanent collection. She has participated in over 15 Quick Draws throughout the west, including the Jackson Hole Falls Arts Festival. She actively conducts workshops throughout the United States. When not painting animals she likes to paint plein air and florals. She currently resides in Tucson, AZ, and also spends her summers in Jackson, WY.