Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Sarah Anderson works with techniques of abstraction. She sees colour as a powerful tool for the expression of emotion. Her paintings are influenced by her observations of people and relationships in everyday life, most commonly by themes of family. 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’s works are at once nuanced and ecstatic, reflecting the joys and turbulence of everyday life. Light and dark intermingle as themes of exuberance and melancholy. Texture is created in her paintings through the application of plaster, wax, oil, acrylic or other media, or by removing the surface by sanding, scratching, and scraping.
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.