Sarah Norman was raised on the bayou in a 200 year old dogtrot house named “Hardscrabble” located on historic Rosalie Plantation in central Louisiana. Her family owned a pecan and cattle farm, which lended itself to learning many different trades, such as cattle rearing and tractor driving. However, the lush, dynamic environment also sparked her imagination and creativity and inspired her to start making art at an early age. Sarah moved to New Orleans after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at Hendrix College and was inspired to start painting again. While she has done a little bit of everything, from archaeological excavation to carousel operation, art has remained a constant in her life.
Sarah works with a variety of mediums, but currently she prefers painting with acrylics on canvas. Also, she has experience in photography, relief printmaking, ceramics, sketching (with ink and pencil), and stained glass, and hopes to further explore these mediums as she develops as an artist.
Her paintings are distinguished by bold, stark contours painted in vibrant and metallic colors contrasting with black to produce a stained glass effect. She likes to combine unrelated subjects to produce a new, unexpected idea. Her subjects usually focus on undefinable abstract concepts, such as the human soul, and she tries to define them in whimsical and imaginative ways. Sarah’s subjects also include dreamscapes and portraits. In her work she tries to depict underlying themes of the human condition and skim the subconscious.
“I’m a little superstitious and a little bit magical, which I think also shows through in my paintings and sketches.”
“I am an artist, but above all else I am a human and a believer in infinite possibility, the world’s mysteries, and the indefatigability of the human spirit. I enjoy spending time with my black cat Legba, drinking coffee, and playing the piano and my purple ukulele.”
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