February 27, 2020

Sarah Graham

About the Artist
Sarah currently lives with her young family in Duncanville, TX and is known for her sensitive touch with watercolors, especially her portraits. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Houghton College and also studied art and portraiture in Italy. In addition to receiving international and regional recognition for her work in competitive art shows such as Texas and Neighbors Regional Exhibition and Society of Watercolor Artist’s International Exhibition, Sarah has travelled extensively, translating what she sees into wet color or pen-and-ink sketches. Sarah is frequently sought out as a demo-artist and juror for art associations and exhibitions in the DFW area. Her particular love is finding something to treasure in whatever she looks at, both in her art and in her life.

“Sometimes you like the work of your students. Occasionally, you deeply respect what they can do. And on very rare occasions, you actually envy what they can achieve.  I have been one to envy Sarah’s work in portrait watercolor for some time.”
~ Ted Murphy, Professor of Painting Houghton College

“My ambition is to find something beautiful and redeemable to cling to in the frequently imperfect worlds of both my art and my life. What better medium for the task than the temperamental and painfully beautiful watercolor?”
~ Sarah Graham

Sarah Graham - Artist Statement
I love the watercolor medium. I have always loved it. I love its unpredictability. I love its free spirit. I love its depth. I love its challenge.

But there is something deeper that draws me in. Watercolor is intense, unpredictable and capable of making a horrific mess on multiple levels, but it can also take something ugly and make it beautiful just by way of its expression. Kind of like life. Kind of like art.

Life can be messy. Life can be boring. Art is a lense by which we view it. Art can see truths that lie beneath reality. Art can see redemption.

I drive by open fields every day. I see hay bales and neglected trees by the hundreds every week. The sunlight is rarely doing the fabulous things one often sees in paintings. Mostly, it is ordinary and boring - or is it? I am a mom in the “pitter patter” years where little feet require most of my time and energy. Most days consist of dressing and undressing little arms and legs, cleaning up messes, playing blocks and cars, driving to various locations just for something to do out of the heat - and doing it all on repeat. Mostly, it is ordinary and boring - or is it?

No. It is precious.

So a painting of hay bales on a dull and lifeless day becomes a challenge - a challenge to see wonder, life, hope and beauty in a setting with no immediate interest, much repetition, and limited colors and contrast. Each layer builds on the last, most of them are themselves mundane and lifeless, but as a whole they deepen the humdrum. They find value. Quietly. Infinitely.

And so the challenge becomes a commitment. In art. In life. To find what is worthy. And to rest there.