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Sarah Stokes

From an early time in her life, Sarah Stokes has had a passion for the arts and creating beauty for others to enjoy. She has painted since she could hold a brush; and at age 14 Stokes enrolled in her first oil painting class. She went on to study at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where a course in Color Theory had a huge impact on her and her work. Celebrating color, light and life in her work, Stokes uses her carefully chosen hues and painterly expression to transmute her positive worldview into an ultimately modern expression on canvas. Vibrant colors inherent in the American Southeast and Southwest can often be found in her paintings, as Stokes has spent much time in these areas during her life. She cites artists such as Kandinsky, Ton Schulten, DeGrazia, and Brian Rutenberg as pivotal artists who have influenced her. Drawing inspiration from fashion, classic film, music, and all the life around her, she paints with passion and purpose.

Stokes has focused in abstract paintings, which are at once modern and romantic. Little seas of color in organic and geometric forms blanket the canvas while vibrant impressionist splashes play within these color fields, giving way to expressive drips. Her compositions invite viewers in to consider the meaning of the chosen hues and their forms, the play of values throughout her work, and the presence or absence of light in art, as well as in our world.

A selection of recent awards and exhibitions:

Abstracts & Mixed Media Group Show, Andre Christine Gallery, Mooresville, North Carolina

Featured Artist, Tawba Walk Art Crawl, Cornelius, North Carolina

2012 Art & Design Show House, Marietta Cobb Museum of Art Juried Competition, Marietta, Georgia

Xanadu Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

Southwest Art Magazine, October Collector’s Issue

Finalist, Art with Heart Emerging Artist Juried Competition, Charlotte, North Carolina

Giving back with her artwork is something Sarah truly enjoys doing whenever she has the opportunity. She has launched Pink Art in early 2012 to benefit breast cancer awareness + research, and she is involved with various other local and national organizations to which she donates artwork.

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