In this series of still life oil paintings, Sarah paints beautiful well-loved objects with stories of their own. Heirlooms are magical in that they offer us a profound connection to our families’ unique story. Precious because they hold memories from the past, heirlooms can speak to the roots, personality, and values of past generations. Sarah imagines members of her family that used these items: a silver pitcher from her great grandmother Tillie, a carpet well-worn by previous generations of family, a beautiful blue willow pitcher passed down, and clothing belonging to her mother. Sarah hopes to evoke warm feelings of nostalgia in these works, along with a reverence for the past.
Sarah’s botanical paintings are meant to capture the fleeting life of a bloom. She works completely from life and does not rely on photography for her work. For Sarah, it’s an exciting challenge to “keep up with the bloom” and her subjects often unfold before her eyes as she paints them.