I’ve been frustrated and somewhat bored with the traditional artist statement/bio format, so in order for me to feel authentic and stay true to myself I’ve made a little timeline instead. Enjoy!

 Studio shots by  Katelyn Swanson Photography
  • 2010: BFA from UCO, printmaking emphasis.
  • 2011: Interned at OVAC, learned behind the scenes of non profit arts. Joined local women’s art organization FRINGE, started showing in group shows & formed lasting relationships with other women artists. 
  • 2012 & 13: Served on OVAC’s workshop committee. Started obsession with color. Feeling constrained by concepts & narratives, made the switch to large scale abstract painting. For more in depth explanation of this see my blog post or the article links at the bottom of this page. 
  • 2014: Received Professional Basics Grant from OVAC which provided funds to frame large scale work & go even bigger. Served as the FRINGE historian. 
  • 2015 & 16: Had my first solo exhibition! Moved away from concept & narrative even more, found my style. Had requests for custom work, started commissions. Started helping with FRINGE’s social media.
  • 2017: Quit my day job! Built my website, fell in love with custom art, learned new techniques, started experimenting with new materials to create functional art. Rediscovered my love for writing while working on FRINGE's social media marketing. 
  • 2018: Currently being authentic. I have a passion for creating custom affordable art. I believe in making fine art accessible & incorporating it into everyday life. I will continue to show my work in gallery settings, but I’m leaning toward more non-traditional spaces. I want the person in the coffee shop, restaurant or office to see my work (and prices) and know that art is not out of reach for them. Whether it’s a piece on the wall, something you set your drink or snacks on, or something you wear around your neck, I want you to feel like making art a part of your life is easy. I live for custom commissions! There are no stupid questions or requests, so please ask away. 

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Sarah Day-Short // Artist Interview