Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Stobart.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a 33-year-old mother of 3. Art and creating art has always been a deep stirring in my soul, but for the last decade I’ve spent most of my time telling myself that pursuing my art would take too much of my time away from my kids. So, I released my creative energy in other ways. I painted murals in my home, made a ton of home decor using textiles, and made my children’s diapers using my sewing machine. I was in school earning my Bachelor’s degree and pursuing my teaching career as I stayed home with my children.
However, I had no direction as to what I wanted to teach. Then it hit me…like a wave of feelings bottled up for 10 years: I NEED TO TEACH ART. After teaching middle school art for a year, I knew that if I wanted to teach art from an organic and holistic place, I needed to start pursuing my own art. Put myself back in the artist’s seat. Put paint on a canvas again. Bring color back into my soul-space. And allow myself the freedom to fully rely upon the guidance of my own creative energy. So, I decided to unleash my creative nature, no excuses, just passion.
The last year of my life has been one painting after the next, exploring several new mediums and this energy led to me showing my art for the first time and selling my work for the first time. My children are now creating more than they ever have, painting with me in the studio, or filling sketch books with illustrations. There is something to be said about the fire and power that creating art has. It lights something from deep within, and keeps it lit to gently guide our inspiration, until manifesting itself as original art. I am an abstract expressionist and intuitive painter. My journey is about finding depth in my own artistic journey in order to expand the ways in which I approach art education. I want my students to experience art, on a soul level, and that connection starts with me making an attempt to fully understand that myself.
Please tell us about your art.
I am an abstract expressionist and intuitive painter. My work is inspired by feeling and the subconscious. What you see on canvas is an expression of the things I don’t have words for. Sometimes the things bouncing around in my heart and mind are too heavy to hold, so I release them through paint. Sometimes even the light, happy, and gentle feelings need to be released, in order to make room for new feelings of light-heartedness and joy. As an intuitive painter, I allow my creative energy to guide the work in successive layers that build a solid relationship between me and the work itself. Each individual element inspires the next until I feel compositional balance has been reached. I don’t know how a piece will start or end and the unknown offer another dimension to the creative process as well as to the energy of the piece. My hope is that people connect with my art. That the color, rhythm, and movement would evoke a sense of playfulness within them or that the energy of the piece would strike them and move them. That they would FEEL something, positive or negative. That the energy I poured into it would permeate through the canvas and touch them.
What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I think artists have more platforms now, than ever before. Street art is abundant, and thriving, as more and more cities commission large projects to local artists. Social media has given us the opportunity to reach millions of people from around the world and initiate and maintain supportive relationships with other artists. Just the artist community on Instagram alone has been huge for me. I have met and become friends with amazingly talented artists, and those relationships help us to grow deeper in our artistic identities.
Supporting local artists is never a waste of time. Seriously…go to the next local art show in your area. You are bound to be inspired, meet some amazing people, and see some beautiful things. Just being there is showing support because artists want people to SEE their work and make connections with their work. It takes courage to allow others to see your soul bare on canvas and sharing that part of yourself results in a connection with whoever interacts with or is moved by your work.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my work on Instagram @wolfmother_gypsysoul. Details about where my art is showing is updated on my feed. I am available for commission work. Anyone can DM me for inquiries.
- Instagram: @wolfmother_gypsysoul
Paul Del Real, ArtshareLA