Occidental, , CA
It has been my lifelong passion to paint the images that light and nature bring forth within me. My work is a journey of experimentation and spontaneity. Each piece is a dialogue of the human condition and the deeper currents in our natural world.
Nature is a continuous connection of biological rhythms. Math, physics and chemistry all seek to explain these awe-inspiring patterns. Through close observation of my surroundings and my love for botany my work explores repetition and how movement can be created. Nestled in the redwoods, surrounded by the flora and fauna that make their way into my subject matter, I can be found in my studio. Currently working in acrylic paint on canvas, I use thin layers of washes and glazes to create translucent surfaces.
Ambiguous shapes dance and move across the canvas. I am a painter that dances, I am a dancer that paints. Through the process of painting, I strive to further understand the nature of humanity. Each piece is a reflection of myself and my reverence for nature.
rom a young age Sarah Hessinger’s love for the arts and her artistic talents did not go unnoticed. She was a dancer, loved to write and the visual arts were a large part of her youth. In high school she was trained by Rita Argen Auerbach, a successful artist. Who taught her the many techniques used in water color painting. Growing up outside of Buffalo, NY she was able to take weekend classes at the Albright Knox Art Gallery. At the gallery she was surrounded by master works that would inspire her for the rest of her life.
After winning various awards and scholarships she went on to study fine arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Design in Baltimore, MD. Her time there was short lived. She rebelled against the technical instruction and assignments to fulfill her own personal desires as an artist. Sarah realized that at this time she was not committed to being in art school.
Her love for music, dance and community brought Sarah to San Francisco in 1994. She fell in love with the bay area and all that the west coast had to offer. In 1998 she became a student at the California School of Herbal Studies. During this time, Sonoma county and the world of herbalism would open many doors for her. She would also meet some of the great plein air painters of the Bay Area. Drawing and painting along side experienced artists. She was inspired to pursue her love of painting and drawing. Today she works in her studio tucked in the redwoods. Inspired by nature and its magic. Her work ranges from abstract, figurative and narrative. Sarah’s work has been shown in Seattle, Portland, San francisco, Sonoma County and is in many private collections. You can follow her journey on instagram @sarahhessinger.