Sarah Rogers was born in Seattle, Washington, but raised in central Florida.
She sometimes describes her work as “tropical western wildlife” because of her hot-colored Rocky Mountain area animals.
She received her BFA from the University of Florida where she had gone to become a neurosurgeon, but instead discovered that the University has a good art school. Upon receiving her degree, Sarah went to South Carolina where she worked in Columbia and then Charleston as a graphic designer for a printing and publishing company.
New York then became home for almost a decade. Sarah worked on Madison Avenue as an art director for a small and creative advertising agency, and her present style of painting has much to do with her background in graphics. She now lives and paints in the northern Black Hills.
Sarah chooses traditional subject matter and medium, but uses both in a non-traditional manner. She uses watercolor, usually combined with graphite, and she frequently applies several layers of heavy color to create the bright tones and often opaque quality of the paint.
She prefers smooth surfaces and uses hot press paper or plate smooth illustration board. The paint- line (appearing or disappearing), color, and space (positive or negative) are the subjects. The paint and how it moves is the focus.
Her work is included in collections worldwide, the owners of which play pro football, run companies of all sizes, raise families, build houses, sell art, wait tables, restore buildings, cook, teach school, practice law or medicine, herd cattle, sell tractors, farm, deliver packages, design computers, write or read good books.
Henry Miller said “To paint is to love again, and to love is to live life to the fullest.”
So be it.