Based in Ottawa, Sarah Anderson works with oil, wax, and techniques of abstraction. She sees colour as a powerful tool for the expression of emotion. Her paintings are deeply influenced by personal experiences, most commonly by themes of family and challenges attributed to reconciling relationships. Texture is created in her paintings through the application of plaster, wax, and oil or by removing the surface by sanding, scratching, and scraping. Her works are at once nuanced and ecstatic, reflecting the joys and turbulence of everyday life. She is interested in “where we come from, how every aspect of daily life, whether seemingly inconsequential or not, ultimately influences who we are and what we make of our lives.”
Sarah Anderson earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Ottawa in 2002. Her studio practice has been based at the Enriched Bread Artists (EBA) studios in Ottawa since 2005. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Ottawa and Toronto and is held in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, and Switzerland.