She’s a fulltime artist and operates this aspect of her profession, LandLab Arts, and blogs HERE frequently about the nuts & bolts of doing visual art for a living, and she dropped this gem on me, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” (possibly Twain.) A pioneer among working artists of the Franklinton Arts District, before 400 West Rich was converted to studio space, and she helped at Go West and Urban Scrawl as a member of the Franklinton Art Board.
Sara’s VALUES: “To NOT be a dick.” Learning as much as she can and help others, “seeing and listening to each other. She tells of the process of “becoming,” of the journey of getting better before trying to be good, including risk-taking, and to feel and act fearless.
Sara practices a MISSION every day to overcome fear, and examine which fearful things can hurt you (deadly snakes) to distinguish from fearful matters that are harmless (speaking in public). Rather than teaching, she chooses to encourage others and serve as a guide for making art.
EARLIEST REMEMBERED DREAM/HOW OLD? Probably younger than 3, on a Sit-&-Spin toy in her home on green shag carpeting and wood paneling. And climbing a pile of dirt holding her metal sprinkling can. And disliking being put down for a nap.
Sara lived in Manitou Springs, Colorado for a spell, home of the annual Emma Crawford Coffin Race and Parade, a sort of art community Doodah.
Another gem Sara quotes: “You are the hero of your own story.” -Joseph Campbell.
WHAT DOES CLOSE CONNECTIVITY TO OTHERS FEEL LIKE? “A rush of water,” she immediately replied. “Hot or cold?” I asked. “Depends on the feeling.” Sara believes connecting with others makes us more than what we can be individuals. And she illustrates LOVE with the teachings of Rabbi Abraham Twerski in “Fish Love.”
SCARCITY/ABUNDANCE: “I’m doing fine…I’m not going to be homeless next week. Am I settled? No. I need to explore and share new adventures.”
What is your proverbial “BOX” that we’re encouraged to THINK OUTSIDE OF? “Perception,” meaning putting perceptions aside and being open to observation and experience.
The origin of your IDEAS: “Look at things, get outside of your head, see things as they are.” Mythology is a source, as is Byzentine art, religious symbolism, the Divine Feminine.
DEALING WITH UNCERTAINTY: “Just power through. We only have control over the next five seconds.”
WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO CREATE CHANGE? “Creating something that inspires a new thought.” But she’s also wary of offering unasked for advise; she’s perceived as someone who doesn’t judge.
SARA IN 5-YEARS/OUR WORLD IN 5-YEARS: “Making art, and continuing to encourage people to be awesome!”
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