Sara Gothard


Mid City Idyll, 2018; watercolor (10.5"x12.5") – A fanciful rendition of one corner of New Orleans' Mid City neighborhood.

Mid City Idyll (detail) – The Canal Street (Cemeteries) streetcar rolling in front of Hope Mausoleum with a characteristic New Orleans double shotgun and House of Prayer Church behind the canopy of a live oak tree.

Mid City Idyll (detail) – The striking, but architecturally peculiar Bottinelli Place at left, Mystere Mansion (a mid-19th-century mansion that was repurposed into an event hall and haunted house post-Katrina) at right, and the old Chevre Thilim cemetery at center.

Catabasis of Inanna, 2018; acrylic (10"x12") – In Mesopotamian mythology, the goddess Inanna ventured down to her sister’s realm, the underworld, and was almost stuck there…until she bartered with her sister to keep someone else in her stead. Inanna noticed her husband was living it up in her absence, and chose him to take her place. Sucker.

Catabasis of Inanna (detail) – Water and water deities were very important in Mesopotamian religion. I depict fish-cape wearing shamen…

Catabasis of Inanna (detail) – …and twin Dagons, a merman god. Just because I wanted to paint them, I also depict a couple of Cycladic idols rowing their boat above Inanna’s descent.

Map of Salish, 2018; watercolor (22"x29") – Map of the fictional land of Salish depicting and celebrating its unification by the hero, Tarsu. Salish is the creation of author Subodhana Wijeyeratne.

Map of Salish (detail) – To bring the intractable Boikori March under his control, Tarsu ruthlessly had the wells poisoned.

Map of Salish (detail) – The Sacred Acre at left, where Tarsu met his queen, Na’Uen. The mysterious and ancient 7 status of Piliman and a treeship, grown and used by Na’Uen’s people to sail to Salish.

Map of Salish (detail) – Critters and battle sites of Salish.

Map of Salish (detail) – Plant life of Vinati.

Map of Salish (detail) – Tarsu and Na’Uen’s conquering Army of the Four Banners.

Museum of Comparative Zoology, 2017; watercolor (9"x12") – Painted for a friend and inspired by L.E. Sissman’s poem "The Museum of Comparative Zoology," this piece references the Harvard University museum known for its antiquated taxidermied fauna.