About Sarah

I live in Vermont, my favorite place in all the world. It’s a place full of pastures and green mountains, farms and forest. It’s full of back-country dirt roads, deer, coyote, fox, raccoons, fisher cats, woodchucks, chipmunks, and hawks.

Newfane, Vermont

The Pecking Order

“I know what you did last summer, Harriet.”

Harriet and Emma

Fortunate

I was fortunate to grow up on a small wood-heated homestead with chickens, sheep, horses, cats and dogs, and with acres of fields and forest to explore. I spent my childhood bonding with animals, drawing and painting them, and also learning to care for them, to grow food and preserve it, and to work hard on the land. These experiences taught me a deep respect for the land, the beings that animals are, and how they sustain, feed, and inform our lives. I live much the same way now.

My Flock

I keep a small flock of my own layers, usually around 10-12 hens, who give us eggs and who we treat as pets. I also raise another flock of meat birds every summer, I give them the best lives that I can, and when the time comes, dignity, gratitude, and respect in their deaths. We hunt deer, we grow a small vegetable and herb garden, and we support our local small farms for raw milk, beef, pork, and vegetables. Every summer we make fermented pickles, and every fall I make a year’s worth of canned tomatoes, beans, and chicken broth.

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Read my Journal

My thoughts on life, death, and our relationship with animals

Paintings

My artwork is at the center of me, and who I am. In recent years I have infused my artwork with humor, as I believe it gives people permission to focus on the joy of life, the positive, and the fun – all so important to our human perspective. I continue to do this, but my work is evolving too… as my artistic journey deepens, I wish to honor both chickens and other animals with my paintings. I strive to make my artwork the best it can be to represent them.

In the Studio

Sometimes I draw, hand-paint in watercolor, and adapt my work in Photoshop. Last year I also began using a beautiful new Cintiq drawing table, which allows me to paint directly on the screen. I absolutely adore it, and the flexibility and fun that it offers me. I love to create a lot of detail in my images, and this display allows me to really zoom in closely.

My Studio

Painting right on the screen feels just like it does on paper. I get to use hundreds of different “brushes” depending on what effect I want to create.

So much fun…

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