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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

SARAH BUTCHER

SARAH BUTCHER

Artist Work

Hydrangea No. 2
July 2011
digital manipulation
19 x 13 inches
Saturday Morning Photoshoot
April 2011
digital manipulation
19 x 13 inches
Freshfields
April 2011
diigital manipulation
19 x 13 inches
Charleston Street
June 2011
digital manipulation
19 x 13 inches
Bombay Coffee Pot
April 2011
digital manipulation
19 x 13 inches

Artist Information

County
Baltimore County
Phone
410-868-1088
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

I create gestural and painterly pieces with lots of texture and visible strokes or marks. I work my pieces like stripping old wallpaper uncovering and discovering the image as I go. My adult life, like my childhood has been spent close to home in ordinary surroundings. My suburban gardens, the Maryland seashore, my children and husband provide the content for my digital paintings and illustrations I draw my inspiration from simple things. In place of real adventure I have a gratifying journey though my images. I am in a place of limited means so the idea of using what I have can be very good and very satisfying. I have always been adept at using what I have and making it “work.” Sometimes I need to make-do. I might desire better materials or grander locations, but I am willing to settle rather than give up. Because giving up means I lose and not creating because I cannot afford the materials aborts the feeling of worth I get from my work. So I invent new uses for the things I have. I am lucky to have my tablet PC because with it I can create complex compositions with rich color without the expense of paint and canvas. I want my images to transcend humble origins and to possess significance. I want to elevate my simple domestic subjects and processes to a higher level. I use a technique I call photo-subtractive drawing. I use a photograph as the basis of my work. I use Adobe Photoshop to subtractively draw on the piece until I achieve the look of an illustration.

Artist Bio

I am an artist and art educator. I was born in Baltimore and have lived in the Baltimore Metro area all my life. I have a BA degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University. I won my first art award while attending college. I worked as an independent artist in the 1980's and 90's, selling my large abstract expressionistic paintings to interior designers in the Baltimore area. After raising my children I returned to full time work as an art and technology teacher at Maryvale Preparatory School. I teach middle school studio art, upper school photography, graphic design and web design. One of my students won the White House Easter Egg Roll Poster Contest for 2011. I have been building a body of art work as well. I have shown my recent work in galleries in Towson, Maryland and Brooklyn, New York. I am looking to gain exposure for my work. I use a tablet PC and a stylus and am interested in teaching other artists my techniques.