These days I am obsessing over Sarah Delaney’s artwork. Okay, if I’m being honest I’ve been obsessing over it since the first second I laid eyes on it. It’s the way she moves colors together on the canvas. It’s the way the textures pop, even off of a phone screen. When I’m scrolling through Instagram my day is constantly brightened by her work. She totally rocks and her art is absolutely breathtaking. Let’s dig deeper.
We love love love scrolling through your instagram taking in the beautiful colors and shapes in your paintings. Could you let us in on your creative process when creating new works?
Thanks so much! I’m really inspired by colours and textures around me. I always begin by playing around with watered down pigments, mixing them together to create just the right hue and tone.
What do you do while painting? Do you prefer a quiet studio? Somewhere sunny? Music? Coffee? What do you think about? Tell us!
My husband jokingly refers to me as a modern-day renaissance painter. I work with the sunlight. So much of my painting is about colour and I find that the purest colour is seen in the natural light. I work listening to music. Upbeat tunes that make me feel good.
How did you get started as an artist? Have you always painted?
Yes I’ve always painted and drawn. I’ve wanted to be an artist for as long as I can remember. I went to school for visual arts and revived a BFA. I graduated from that program 10 years ago and have been painting ever since.
Tell us about the first painting you ever sold. What was it of? Who was it to? How did it impact you?
It was most likely when I was in high school and my older cousin commissioned me to create something for her house. In those early days a commission meant an opportunity to refine my style. My artistic practice focused on sketching and doodling bursts which rarely got seen. It was empowering to make something that would be hang in someone’s home.
If you could put one of your paintings in any room in the world, where would it be and why?
A gallery room in MOMA. I visited NYC in my third year of university and instantly developed a love affair with MOMA and many or the pieces there. It was my first time experiencing many of the contemporary works I’d studied in text books. Like a dream.
What words of advice do you have for other creatives who are looking to build a business around their passion?
There is nothing better than living out your dream. Don’t ignore your heart. If you love something so badly you will find a way to make it work.
We know that you have been bitten by the travel bug. What is your favorite place that you have been and what is the next location on your list?
There are so many favourite places for different reasons. The food in Italy and Cambodia, the landscape in Utah, the culture in Turkey, the walls and markets in both Morocco and Bali, the beaches in the philippines — which is actually where I am right now. I don’t have any other big trip plans for this year, but I do have many places on my bucket list including the Faro Islands and Jordan.
What do you do to keep your creative batteries charged? Any tricks that you can share?
I cut myself off before I get bored. When I feel my mind and body losing interest I take time away (an afternoon, or a weekend). Eventually I go through art withdrawals and I start itching to get back in the studio.
What are four things that we couldn’t find out about you on the internet?
I’m a vegetarian
I’m tone def and cannot carry a tune (but it doesn’t stop me from trying)
My parents still live in my childhood home, a 5 acre property on a lake.
I’ve traveled to over 20 countries
What word encompasses your twenty-something decade?