Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Mills-Bailey.
Hi Sarah, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
The heart and soul of my work take place on canvas. After years of decorative arts and creating in fabric, all geared to widening my older daughter’s field of engagement beyond the limitations imposed by anti-convulsant medications, one day I was moved by the sight of a stretched canvas display at the craft supply store. Hands restricted by rheumatoid arthritis could not hold on to my impulse purchase for the walk from store to car. A cashier at an adjacent store observed my sporadic carrying, resting mode of walking through the parking lot and came to help me. Benevolence flows when you have the courage to step on your path.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
No one works in a vacuum. Life goes on with intrusions of health limitations, family obligations, other people’s crises. The creative stream tumbles and flows over the boulders, so the work itself takes place in fits and starts. The friction brings an energy of its own to the process, increasing intensity and focus. The artist as a working mother!
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I specialize in abstract and expressionism painting. This flows from my deep well of emotions and responses as I integrate all aspects of complicated life events. Some things are beyond explaining, but as an artist, I recognize the unelicited arousal resonating between my experience and the paint as it takes form on the canvas. This is what the observer responds to, seeing a place that I have never been in a painting – someone’s grandfather’s island home, the loving presence of a beloved pet, a numinous encounter on another plane of existence… It’s a manifestation of the essential unity of life when my subjective response depicted in paint calls to the viewer’s (and hopefully buyer’s) unique memory of their own subjective reality.
Music does this. Poetry does this. My painting does this.
That said, I am known for my craft endeavors of decoupaged shells, tiles, faux pumpkins. My technique involves multiple stages of detail from the selective quality papers used to the layers of both prep and finishing. These gift items are affordable and provide an income stream for the family budget.
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- Website: www.sarahmillsbailey.com
- Instagram: @smbaileyart
- Facebook: Art of Sarah Mills Bailey