Artist Profile | Sarah Butcher

sarah butcher photo 2Sarah Butcher is an artist and art educator who has lived in Baltimore all her life. Her art has been described as clear and diverse with two different processes emerging.

One process involves photography and digital tools while the other employs traditional paint, canvas and sometimes collage.

Artistic influences were present early in her life. She describes her father as an artist who unfortunately never had the time to pursue his own art but encouraged her with family art sessions where she and her siblings explored different media around the dining room table after dinner.

She earned a BA in Fine Art from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, now the University of Notre Dame of Maryland. Sarah’s early work showed the influence of her painting teacher and mentor Gladys Goldstein. She created large abstract impressionistic paintings and collages that bear resemblance to the style of Goldstein and Helen Frankenthaler.

Later she worked for her father and developed an interest in typography, graphic design and the use of machines to create art. It was here that Sarah began to explore photography and xerographic processes.

These early influences have built the gestural , expressive yet structural methods Sarah uses today. Sarah also credits Art Nouveau as one of the greatest effects on her style.

Mt. Vernon Building Digital Image Print on Endura Archival Satin. 2013

Mt. Vernon Building Digital Image Print on Endura Archival Satin. 2013

This series of work that was shown in the Goldman & Minton Gallery is called “Mainly Midtown.” It contains quick sketches taken from cellphone photos. The snapshots were taken from the inside her car as she traveled through downtown Baltimore. The perspective is somewhat tilted in some of the pieces to reflect the motion and drive-by nature of scenes quickly glimpsed.

Sarah Butcher is currently the Chair of the Art Department at Maryvale Preparatory School in Brooklandville, Maryland.

She earned her degree in Fine Art from the University of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Sarah produces a diverse array of art, which varies by subject matter, style and medium. Her inspirations are Peter Max, Maxfield Parrish and Alphonse Mucha. More information about her career and samples of her work can be found here.

Goldman & Minton has shown Sarah’s work in its office gallery twice.

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