Statement of Intent / by Sarah Braden

TWISTED ROOT , a 16x20 acrylic piece sold in 2018

TWISTED ROOT , a 16x20 acrylic piece sold in 2018


I always knew, I wanted a career as an artist.  Since I was a child creating visual art was quite natural to me. My family was supportive, they encouraged me to pursue commercial art to have a stable career. After graduating from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2007 with my BFA in Illustration, I worked as a freelance graphic designer and marketing consultant by contract and at the corporate level. I started my first LLC for my graphic design at 24 at that time. I assumed I could paint and pursue fine art after my marketing career. I imagined owning a gallery and selling things from my own collection along the side of other local artists. I pictured running private classes out of that storefront space, and charity auctions. Years later in 2016, I had an important realization: the time is now. Why not pursue something that makes me happy. When I realized I could use my marketing skills for my art, I started pursuing my craft more directly in late 2016. Specifically by producing collections for sales, creating custom commissioned work, curating shows for cafes and galleries. I also have had the great opportunity to participate in many live painting events at different markets, concerts, and fairs.

I always feel inspired to create art, and over the last few years I have sold hundreds of paintings. The point for me is not the sale. I love that I am able to share my work with so many people. When I arrive to deliver and install the paintings for my clients, seeing their excitement makes every struggle worthwhile. Happy clients are an extremely validating part of what I do. I feel I am able to help them see the potential in their home’s space through curation & bringing an atmosphere of calm serenity.

In my visual works I draw inspiration from the deep connection I feel with nature, and this planet. Seeing aerial views of this planet when traveling by air has had great power in my work, it has sparked a curiosity leading to research of drone photos of specific landscapes and places. It lets me understand our atmosphere and clouds more indepthly. Technology is such a beautiful thing that it lets us have free information through the connections of wires and electricity. I understand the ironic coincidence that we use our technologies to observe nature in its most precious presine states.

The link between sciences and the arts is very important, and these connections are fuel for creating and influence during my process. When starting a level surface is crucial. In many of my paintings I have experimented with fluid dynamics based on the different viscosities of paint. Applying wet paint to already wet primed canvas carefully pouring diluted paints creating the compositions. Once main shapes form I add more detail to the painting gradually checking on how the paint has moved. The shifting shapes are influenced by using small shims to gradually tilt the canvas. Spending many hours in studio is important to achieve optimal effects in this process.

In the past year I have revisited old methods, combining them with new mediums. Recently collage is the choice medium I have combined with the fluid painting techniques, and suspending the collaged pieces within cured resin. I have been diligent and consistent with the practice of painting and creating visual art since college. Through collaborations with other artists and through many studio trials I have learned and taught new techniques.