Close to Nature: Watercolors by Sara Strozinsky 

January 15–April 2, 2015 Past Exhibitions
Image for Sara Strozinsky, Maiden Grass, watercolor, 2014Sara Strozinsky, Maiden Grass, watercolor, 2014

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Transparent color and soft focus imagery often come to mind when people think about watercolors. Sara Strozinsky’s watercolor nature paintings defy this stereotype. As a lover of the light, color, and patterns of the natural world, Sara’s vibrant, saturated-color paintings give almost every blade of grass individual attention, a precision and intimacy she leverages from her skilled brushwork and talent as a photographer.

Sara first sketches her composition and then employs a process of glazing where multiple layers of color washes are built up. Alexander Nepote, a well-known California artist, mentored Sara in this style and technique, and she employs it primarily in her rock paintings where different papers are layered with the watercolor using acrylic medium. The mixed media technique creates texture within the rocks.

Her primary subjects are grasslands and riverbeds and she is aware that these natural elements are symbolic and hold a deeper significance for many others who look to the natural world for spiritual inspiration and meaning: grass can be emblematic of a vast system of inter-connectivity and rootedness, and the flow of rivers can represent life, time, and the path to enlightenment.

She grew up in California and attended California State University, Chico. During her college years she also studied in Colorado where she deepened her skill and appreciation for watercolor. After traveling and living in several western states, Sara settled down in Wisconsin where she and her husband live by the beautiful Baraboo Bluffs.