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Art & Life with Sarah Lasater

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Lasater.

Sarah, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up in North Carolina to a family of engineers, and ended up going to college for landscape architecture. I was always drawing in my free time, without taking it very seriously. I made the name Sarlis for my social media accounts and ran with it. It was a huge outlet for me to express the things that made me happy. I didn’t really think about my future much, and assumed I would find an architecture job somewhere, because that was the obvious answer to me at the time. Illustration was becoming more important to me and by the time I had graduated college, I felt that I had to try to pursue it regardless of where I ended up. I moved to Washington, DC where I put everything into living off my artwork. That’s where I learned how to screen print, developed an online store, and kept illustrating. DC is also where I dove into ceramics. It’s been about 9 years since I started drawing, and now I’m here in Los Angeles illustrating, screen printing, and making ceramics at home.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My artwork, regardless of medium, usually centers around landscapes, girls, clothing, and expressions. I’m never satisfied with how simple it is, and I always seem to try pushing it simpler, simpler. I currently make illustrations with acrylic paint and colored pencils. I’ve been thinking a lot about how different the west coast is versus where I come from. I’m learning the value of home, so there’s an element of that in everything I’ve made this year. The screen print designs I make are less direct and are often passing thoughts. Ceramics are more meditative to me, and feel like a hobby outside of my job. I like giving everything a face or personality so they feel like tiny humans. With everything I put out, I think I’ve always hoped to change someone’s day, just a little bit.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
Success as a completed goal feels unreachable to me. It’s more about small wins and losses along the way. I like to tell myself that to continue pursuing this after every art block or bad day is a win, so I feel like I’ve achieved a lot by working hard on this project.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
All of my social media accounts are under the tag @sarlisart. I post pretty often with final pieces and the process of making them along the way. My online store is sarlisart.com!

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Image Credit:
Model: Will Brooks

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