Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
My name is Sara Bardin. I’ve been an artist most of my life, but I became a professional artist in 2009.
What medium(s) do you work in & why?
I work in acrylic, because I have sensitivities to oil paints. I also love the color I can achieve with acrylics.
What is your creative process like?
Once I find inspiration, I am like a kid at Christmas. I become impatient to get the painting drawn out and to lay the first layer of paint. As I ease into the painting, I must admit, I get discouraged if the painting isn’t developing as fast or as perfectly as I would like. Finally, I get to a point where I see a glimmer of the final painting and I revel in putting on the final touches.
What is the best art-related advice you’ve received?
The best art-related advice I have received is to keep going. There will be time when you just want to trash the piece because it isn’t going as you intended, but you have to keep going. Some of my best pieces might not exist if not for this advice.
What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
Carving out time to paint while working a full-time job and being married with two young daughters is indeed quite a challenge, but one I take on whole-heartedly. Art is not only a passion, but an antidote for dealing with the daily stresses of life.
Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece.
One piece that I currently have on display at Artomatic is “Manhattanhenge”. It is a bit of a departure from my floral and nature paintings, but I couldn’t resist painting it. I was in New York this summer and as we walked down West 23rd Street, this red glow was radiating towards us. I walked into the middle of the street and photographed the sun setting perfectly on the New York street grid. When I returned to DC I immediately set up the canvas and employed a Premier Coup method to capture the incredible sunset. It took me about 4 hours to complete.
What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far?
My favorite part of Artomatic is that it is an amazing venue that one can come to see a diverse collection of artists. I love that fact that anyone can present their portfolio.
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