Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Roberson.
Sarah, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in Fallbrook California and lived all over Southern California most my life. When I was a kid we lived in a little town near Yosemite so I grew up in a forest type environment surrounded by nature, starry skies and wild animals. It was the best, but I also grew up very poor, so with no electricity at times, no car and 5 mile walks to the grocery store, it was vital to have an imagination. As I grew up we moved closer to the beach where we spent our weekends in the sun. And through all of it I wrote stories, poetry, tried to express myself creatively and dreamed of making a difference.
I’ve always been a dreamer and was always trying to look at things in a creative, unique way, not a lot of people around me did that, and often I was alone. I was also deeply sensitive, and as I grew up and entered the “work world”, surrounded myself with non creative people and was constantly being told I was “too sensitive.” For me, that was obviously crushing, and I lost myself. So over the years even though I still wrote and painted little things at times, and would go to bed dreaming of bigger things I decided to settle and start a family. But after I had my son, I had really started going through this self-awakening experience, realizing I wasn’t where I belonged. You start to look at yourself differently when you have kids and you want to do the best for them. I wasn’t being true to who I was and I wasn’t doing my best. It was important for me to show my son to actually follow your dreams and be who you really are and not just tell him with words. I had very little idea who I was, but your dreams always find there back to you and one day I just thought there had to be something more for me and I was determined to find out what. There was a sense of frustration because I had dreams; writer, actress, artist…etc. So many dreams. I just was stuck in a mindset that kept me fearful and small and I had no clarity on how to truly live my life and there was a great deal of pain that accompanied that. Then life took ahold of me (still does at times) and with some rough experiences it made me start to learn that I couldn’t deny myself anymore, I needed to express myself creatively and go deep into my emotions in some way. I had always turned to writing, but it wasn’t until I started exploring photography and painting that I found somewhere I truly belonged. I took several trips to Los Angeles and flooded my mind with art, museums, art galleries, art festivals, spoke to other artists, art directors and designers. It completely changed my life. It was clear that being an Artist was who I really was. It was my calling, where I belonged and it was my purpose. I felt so much at ease, and once I started, I couldn’t stop.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
The first time I painted was in a children’s painting class I had taken with my son. I loved it. I started painting feathers and peace signs, but it wasn’t until I found fluid art that I really starting exploring with paint. Specifically my acrylic work is layers of liquified acrylic paint spread out onto a canvas. I use different methods to move the paint to whatever resonates with me. It took awhile to create the images I liked and to really learn how to liquify my acrylic to get it to move properly, a lot of trial and error, but once I got it down I really started creating a good series of work. I also started experimenting with watercolors while my acrylic work dried. Using salt and the movement of the brush to create some earthy abstract images. I also choose the colors that resonate with me, usually earth tones. My upbringing has made me have such a deep connection to earths movements, elements and colors it makes sense that’s what inspires me to do this type of work. I really love painting abstract because it lets the audience interpret what they see and feel on there own.
My work means the world to me, it is my life reflected back to me. I have a great understanding of the contrast we experience and how that actually benefits us in our growth and gives us more clarity. That’s what my work expresses. Chaos and beauty, that is life. That is what we all are going through, trying to find who we truly are and what we truly want all while having pain & judgment right around the corner, from ourselves, from the outside world. It’s messy, and we never stop learning and evolving. Becoming aware of that and finding tools to help you navigate through life is extraordinary! Tapping into your emotions as well is something I want people to really get when they view my work. Its so magical to not be afraid to feel. My deepest wish is that everybody finds that purpose, their true calling, their true self and embrace the rough stuff that gets you there. That’s why we have rough stuff, bad times, heartbreak, pain. Its to get us closer to what we truly desire in life.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
I think if I could give anyone any kind of advice, it’s to love & believe in yourself. You don’t realize how many people subconsciously put doubts in your head. The road gets tricky and difficult, and there is failure, and you just have to believe through those moments and get through those moments believing in yourself. That is the first and only thing you really need. If you believe in yourself you will persevere through anything regardless of what people say, regardless of the crappy living situation you’re in or what your bank account shows and that is success, that is the way through, that is how you get to where you want to be.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I have a website www.sarahrobersonart.com
Smart Space Gallery in Vista & Kearny Mesa
- Website: www.sarahrobersonart.com
- Phone: 951-241-3580
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @sarahrobersonart
- Twitter: @sarahsartlife
- Other: https://fineartamerica.com/artists/sarah+roberson