getting to know you - Sarah Schweiger
What do you most look forward to when you wake up in the morning?
"Coffee. And after that, going outside, checking on my flowers."
What mediums do you find work with your artistic style best?
"Paint. I love how versatile it is. I can use it to cover so many things, and make them into something new! "
What do you do to keep the creative juices flowing?
"I spend time in nature. Being outside inspires me, and keeps me tuned in to the heartbeat of the world, which keeps me centered. And when I am centered I feel like the important things come into focus, and the unimportant can fall away.
And if I ever have a creative block that a good walk through the Desert Botanical Gardens can't fix, I find a spoken word event to go to, and the ideas begin to flow! I find their creativity contagious! And the energy at each event to be unique and impossible to duplicate, which only magnifies what is special and inspiring about them. I'm grateful to be in a city that has such talented poets and musicians!"
Where else can we see your work? (website, facebook, future shows, classes, etc)
"For now, my work can be found on my Artist Facebook page, "Evolving Through Art, by Sarah Schweiger", my Website, EvolvingThroughArt.com, and soon I will have my Etsy store re-opened. I'll have updates on my Website, and my Artist Facebook page when I do, along with any updates on new shows, events and art pieces. In addition to the art work I make, I am available to teach classes, make commission pieces, and face paint at events and parties. Feel free to contact my via emailEvolvingThroughArt@gmail.com, or phone 602.487.0203."
What sets your work apart from others?
I"'m not sure I can tell yet. It is just what comes to me to do. And the more I do, the more I see my "personal style" taking shape. I do often hear others describe my work as colorful, and whimsical. But most of my work is trying to tap into what, if anything can, that connect us ALL. So when I see work that is like mine, it makes me feel like I'm on the right track."
What is your favorite poem, novel or song?
"Lord of the Rings is one of my faves. I loved the character development, the bond they shared, as well as the descriptive quality of the series. I often will paint while listening to the extended versions of the movies because of how it reminds me of the books. And all three movies makes for a very productive painting session, and a fun day."
What is your favorite thing about being an artist in Phoenix?
"Honestly, a lot of being an artist in Phoenix is circumstance. But the more I leave Phoenix (on vacations/trips) and come back, the more I realize what is special and different about my home town. But I think my favorite thing about being an artist in Phoenix, is being an artist that has grown up along side Phoenix. When I was young, I remember it being hard to feel proud to be from Phoenix. But as I have gotten older, I have seen change, growth, maturity and acceptance begin to emerge in our community, and the development of the artist community in Phoenix seems to have had an influence on that. I'm proud to be a part of that group, and as this community of artist grows, and inspires others, I continue to find reasons to be hopeful that more and more people in Phoenix will be able to be proud of where we live."
What is your least favorite thing about being an artist in Phoenix?
"The stubbornness of some."
What is your favorite quote?
"I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!" The Little Engine that Could