Sarah Anderson's paintings are produced instinctively, without a defined plan or an exaggerated thought process. Certain ideas and influences in the work are derived from personal experience and life happenings but its basic driving force remains instinct. The rest exist to subconsciously guide the work. A fluctuating emotional state from week to week or month to month, whether minimal or extreme, is a driving force behind the works. The works occasionally become a sort of personal diary without the precision of a daily account of life's events.
Her paintings show an obsessive show of a love for colour, in an attempt to use colour as a powerful expression of emotion. Texture is created through the application of plaster, wax and oil or by removing the surface by sanding, scratching and scraping. By incorporating textures, rhythm and space are created within the paintings. As the work progresses, it becomes centered on the paint that is applied to the different textures and the integration of the paint and colours to the work to create a cohesive whole.
The result is a portfolio of paintings that draws in the viewers and keeps them within the work for a sustained amount of time. There are several focal points to keep the eye moving within the work, without quickly leading it out.
Sarah Anderson joined the EBA in 2005, 3 years after obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa in 2002. Her works can be found in private and corporate collections in Boston, Toronto and Ottawa.
Sarah can be reached at www.sarahandersonart.com