Artist in Focus: Sarah Watts

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                               Sarah Watts - The Fault Line, 2013 

For Sarah Watts, painting is an “experience of exquisite freedom, during which color-streams of light, shade and movement of forms and spaces invade the consciousness.”  She has a unique focus on landscapes, specifically those inhabitable to man.  To learn more about her inspirations, read below. 

 1. What is your earliest art memory?

Drawing horses from life and from the Western Horseman, a quarter horse mag, when I was in the early grades in Oklahoma.

2. Who and what inspires you?

My present inspirations are direct from nature. My natural habitat is outdoors in the US Southwest, in a canyon or uninhabited land, entirely alone with the quiet and the small birds that live in the sage. Additionally, throughout my life, I have drawn inspiration from certain artists: Joaquim Sorolla, Edgar Payne, Johannes Vermeer, John Singer Seargeant.

3. What is one word to describe your art?

Invigorating

4. What is your favorite piece in your UGallery portfolio?

The Ghost Ranch Mesa–it’s on Georgia O'Keefe’s ranch near Abiquiu, New Mexico, and sits apart from the landscape. That day a great storm had come across behind the butte and darkened the sky , while it was lighted by a low setting sun.

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                                Sarah Watts- Ghost Ranch, 2012

5. What do you want people to know about your art?

I want to convey to people the feeling that I had when I decided to paint the piece and while I painted it. It’s not a describable feeling, but making art takes me out of time to a place where I’m entirely in the moment, where I’ve forgotten I existed, and where I seem to be inside the object being painted. It’s a very intimate experience. This goes for all types of paintings on my website, from the most dramatic western landscapes like the Vermillion Cliffs, near Lees Ferry, AZ, to the most simple still life painted in the studio. I want the viewer to feel that immediacy and emotion.

To check out more of Sarah’s work, take a look at her UGallery page here