Monsters

Monsters are a universal subject matter that allowed viewers to safely place themselves into the situations being depicted in my work. Everyone has one monster-like quality or another. My monsters were non-threatening yet cynical. The narrative that existed was often humorous, dark, sublime, sexy, youthful, and nostalgic all at the same time. My mixed media paintings evolved from materials that had past lives. Buttons, fabric, and recycled images brought a sense of nostalgia to my work. You could be reminded of the smell of grandma’s closet and the feel of the clothes contained inside, and spending hours searching through old jars of buttons for a special treasure to take home. By manipulating these recycled materials and introducing them to ideas from pop culture, I gave them a new, unexpected and often humorous life, a life more exciting and interesting than originally intended. 

Beginning in 2006, following the birth of my fourth son, I fell into a world of monsters. My little boys became a major source of inspiration; their daily antics, speech, and curiosity all drove my creativity. I painted at night when they were sleeping. It was the only time there was quiet, personal space, where and when I could devote time to my art making. In the mornings, the boys loved waking up to see what new creations were born in the night. I was exhausted,  but loving my filled up life.

I worked on this extensive body of work for close to 11 years, producing well over 1,000 pieces of original "monsterpieces." While I no longer create monster art, my little cast of button-eyed, pointy-toothed, grungy looking creatures will always hold a very special and dear place in my heart, They taught me to let go of fear and embrace the fun.

The entirety of this body of work has sold. They now hang on the walls of homes, offices, businesses, and gallery permanent collections across the United States, Canada and even Europe.

These images are just a sampling of what I created between 2006 and 2017. Enjoy!

-Sarah

undertheinfulence.jpg
outtodry4.jpg
retrocherries.jpg
scream.jpg
american monster4.jpg
retrolollipop.jpg
YMCA.jpg
attack50ftmonster.jpg
hussleme.jpg
scaryscary.jpg
fright#1.jpg
bikini.jpg
monsters from heaven.jpg
carnival4.jpg
hear no, see no, speak no.jpg
reaper#2.jpg
stupid monster tricks 1.jpg
ohmy.jpg
let love rule.jpg
it's just a movie.jpg
crunchyflakes.jpg
pull?.jpg
take a number.jpg
monsters in a photo booth #2.jpg
bluesbrothers-blockbuster.jpg
beach bathers.jpg
"gasp".jpg
dontcryforme.jpg
designerA.jpg
soundofmusic-blockbuster.jpg
designerD.jpg
portraitof?.jpg
monsterofspades.jpg
retroolive.jpg
marilyn.jpg
dali.jpg
distraction2.jpg
marriage of giovanni monsterfini.jpg
stupid1.jpg
monsterofclubs.jpg
too-loose.jpg
checkers.jpg
kissing4.jpg
outtodry2sm.jpg
hotheads.jpg
grrraduate.jpg
waterscreamers.jpg
designerG.jpg
mmmm... eye love it!.jpg
carnival3.jpg
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