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Conversations with Sarah Butcher

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Butcher.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My art story begins as a child in a large Catholic family in a middle class neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. Being the 5th child of 6 and the middle girl, I did not get much attention.

Then at the annual 8th grade art show, a lady wanted to buy my watercolor of a poppy. Foolishly, I couldn’t part with it. After that, I had this idea that I could make money doing something that I loved.

In college, I created pencil portraits at the Johns Hopkins University spring fair and created illustrations for their night school magazine, Nocturne.

In the 80’s I sold work to an interior design firm run by Jim Panonne. Jim was such a wonderful client. Like the lady in 8th grade he loved my work, and this time I was ready to sell.

He would tell me about his client’s decor and I would custom create the art to his specifications. I was putting my work in quite a few Baltimore homes and apartments. I remember creating a really cool piece of art for the lobby of an apartment building on Park Ave that was stolen right out of the frame.

I took that as a compliment. A lot of artists wouldn’t do that, paint to match decor, but for me I love to make art. Any reasonable opportunity that allows me to design a composition is fair game.

Sadly Jim contracted AIDS and his company closed. I did some work for other interior designers and local galleries, but it was never the fun collaboration we had together. I never regained that momentum I had early on.

Soon after that I started a family and began to teach art full time. While teaching at my first school, I was awarded a grant to go to Paris and study art nouveau and impressionism.

I documented that experience in digital artworks and my focus began to shift to illustrating landscapes and city scenes using Adobe Photoshop and an iPad.

I learned a lot about digital media while I was teaching at Maryvale Preparatory School where I introduced several courses in digital photography and graphic design. I also began to do independent workshops in the Baltimore Metro area.

I took a break from teaching in 2016 to concentrate on creating art for an art publisher. During this time I was able to place my work in a variety of commercial galleries including art.com, wayfair and great big canvas.

I returned to teaching in 2018. I now work in an amazing school with an awesome mission.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
My biggest challenge has always been trying to make time for art. As a full-time teacher, mother and wife I have always created around my other obligations.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a painter, a crafter and a jewelry maker. Recent commissions include a large reproduction of a Helen Frankenthaler painting for a couple in DC and a wild pair of fabric bead earrings for colleague. I am also creating wrap bracelets and pendants with hammered brass and leather. What sets me apart is my eclectic approach to art-making and my love of artistic processes. To me, it’s all about the composition. The designing, planning and the final product, no matter what the media.

Who else deserves credit in your story?
My dad was a big influence in my love and pursuit of art. Every Friday night after dinner he led those of us interested ( six kids) in an art activity. He loved making art and that stayed with me. I also have two wonderful daughters who inspire me every day. My daughter Rebecca is the first person I think of when I think of a person who encourages me everyday. Her positive energy and expertise in social media has helped me shape my online presence.

Pricing:

  • Original Paintings from 350.00
  • Wrap Bracelets from 45.00
  • Card Kits 12.00 and up

Contact Info:

  • Email: sagehare@outlook.com
  • Website: sarahbutcher.com
  • Instagram: sarahbutcher_artandtype
  • Facebook: sarahannebutcherart
  • Youtube: Sarahbutcher


Image Credits

Sarah Butcher Rebecca Butcher

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