Natural Bridge in Parfrey's Glen, watercolor, 40" X 30", 2001 by Sarah Aslakson
The most important element to me, as a watercolor artist, is the use of color. I am particularly interested in how color itself, rather than shading or composition, affect mood and the viewer’s response to my work. I have used similar compositional themes repeatedly, using different colors and color combinations to achieve different moods to my work. I have concentrated on wild areas, which man has overlooked, such as country roadsides and the backwoods. I believe natural variety and selection is infinitely more interesting and dynamic than anything organized by a person. I see my work as changing from one which was more fantastical (although still using realistic images) to a palette which is more realistically based, as I have realized that all the color I could imagine already exists in nature. I have integrated more light into my work over time as well. I also paint in a more abstract manner, alongside the more realistic work. My most recent projects deal with three new themes, time, animals and heavenly bodies. Time is represented in this issue. It is the color, as well as the obvious foliage and water, which reflect the change of time.
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and spent high school in Queens, NY. I came to Wisconsin to attend college and graduated from the UW-Madison in Fine Art. My husband, David and I stayed in Madison and I returned to graduate school, becoming a librarian. I began painting in earnest in the late 70’s and have exhibited throughout the U.S. Currently my work can be seen in four Wisconsin galleries: Madison, Milwaukee, Elkart Lake, and Pewaukee. I have won awards throughout the country and my work is owned and shown in museums and are in over 50 corporations, hospitals, and public buildings. Currently I am working with watercolor and oil, and also creating with gourds