Jan 17, 2019 03:43PM
Since earning my Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of North Texas, I have made a career of being a professional artist. Growing up I heard a lot of “yes, you are good at art, but what are you going to do with the rest of your life?” I struggled with the answer to that question during my teenage years, but with the support of my parents, I pursued my passion for art.
Most people think I have an easy job as an artist. They would be wrong. I love what I do, but being a professional artistis a lot of work. I see myself as a small business owner and all that comes with it. I spend more time than I would like with spreadsheets, receipts, and marketing. My income is not predictable which can be stressful, so I have to plan carefully. However, the time I spend in my studio painting is a good trade-off for the ‘non-creative’ work.
I just closed a solo exhibit at the Museum of the Southwest in November 2018. The pieces in that exhibit were part of my newest body of work. Currently, I start each piece with an abstract underpainting. The process is very organic and free flowing, so I am never exactly sure what I am going to get when I start a piece. Once the first layer is finished, I have to determine the story and the direction of the painting. A face becomes a point of connection with my audience and a place to ‘step into’ the painting. My art work is open for interpretation and I like my viewers to react to the piece as it speaks to them. However, I also write a few paragraphs about what I think the piece means. Prayer is an integral part of the painting process for me. My artistic voice comes out of my faith. After a painting is finished, I wait to ‘hear’ what it is about. Sometimes I have an idea of the direction a painting will go from the beginning, but most of the time, I just let the painting process lead me.
I have been blessed to sell most of my original paintings, and I also sell prints of my work. You can read more about my work on my website:
www.saradrescher.com or follow me on Facebook: Art by Sara Drescher or Instagram: @artbysarad