Sara Gothard


A self-taught artist working primarily in watercolor and acrylic, I think of my paintings as storybook illustrations, even when nobody has written the story yet. My inspiration comes from history, mythology, and storytelling traditions old and new. My visual vocabulary draws most heavily from medieval manuscript illumination. I am also strongly influenced by observation of the natural world, particularly where it intersects with the human-created one: city parks, a tree-lined street, cemeteries, grass sprouting through a sidewalk crack.


I am interested in placing modern events, people and concerns into historical contexts, blending fact with fiction, and in generally disregarding the lines drawn between subject matter that render a painting “historical,” “contemporary” or “mythological." For me these categories share more than they differ, regardless of their claims to “truth."