Imagining vibrant colors and designs, Sara J. Chambers creates “Dreamscapes.” Her colorful horse “portraits” create a feeling of spiritual connection to the horses. She also creates whimsical “portraits” of other animals, even pigs and goats! Her “portraits,” florals and landscapes, with or without flowers, bring joy for viewers. The most frequent comment heard at her exhibits is that the paintings “make [the viewer] feel happy!” Growing up on military bases from Japan to England, Sara lived and studied all over the world and the United States. Her artwork is influenced by the culture, sights and sounds of foreign places and various states. Beginning as a watercolor artist, she found her true artistic breakthrough watching a non-traditional master artist paint with pastels. Direct application of glorious, saturated color in a textural manner is what Chambers loves about pastels and, subsequently, oil sticks combined with palette knife work, resulting in a sort of “magical realism.” Next, the artist made the jump to brush paintings with palette knife accents. Currently the artist paints with oils, pastels, and water media. Sara loves giving back to the world through her art and frequently contributes to charitable fundraisers that directly help children and families, such as Habitat for Humanity, Hospice of El Paso, Casa Esperanza Cancer Retreat in Albuquerque, CASA of Roswell, NM Child Advocacy Network, and CHINS. Sara and her husband Joe hosted nationally-known art instructors for one-week art workshops at their Mountain Majesty Art Workshops in Cloudcroft, New Mexico, for five years. For another five years they continued hosting Master Classes, leading two international artist trips—to St. Petersburg, Russia and to Vienna, Austria, and Prague, Czech Republic. After ten years in the art school business, Sara decided to let someone else do the hosting so that she could paint full-time. Important tutors included William A. Herring, Ann Templeton and the various other master artists teaching for her art school. Art travels have taken Sara to China, Russia, Italy, Canada, San Francisco, Vienna, Prague, New York City, Washington, DC, Thailand, Peru and Bangladesh. She teaches art seminars about composition, color and painting and also judges. She has exhibited in numerous national and international art exhibitions and solo shows. Sara’s paintings have been included in American Art Collector; Pastel Artist International; Western Art Collector; GuestLife New Mexico 2005; Romantic Homes Magazine; and Best of Worldwide Charcoal, Pastel, & Pencil Artists, Volume II. Sara has won awards in national and international exhibits, including the Arts International in El Paso, TX; the Pastel Society of Oregon National Show; the Sierra Pastel Society International Exhibition; and Pastel Society of New Mexico National Shows. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico and an elected member of the Degas Pastel Society.
- Ryah Christensen
- John Paul Keith