This week we welcome Sara Ann Rutherford. Rutherford grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and rural Western Pennsylvania. Her interest in creating began at an early age, and after high school, she studied painting independently, honing her style. Rutherford describes her painting process as a stream of consciousness, with each painting often being completed in one intense session.
Her work has been featured in the inaugural issue of Dumbo Living Magazine. Currently, she has a solo exhibition at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Rutherford lives in Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn, NY, with her partner.
“My biggest inspiration is the universe. But, more pointedly, the unknown. I’m captivated by the great, daunting and exciting abyss that surrounds all of us, and it moves me to paint abstract and ambiguous pieces. Perhaps that is why so many of my paintings are untitled — to name them is to box myself in with something finite. Many of my pieces are textured so that when one looks at them they are not just seeing the lines and colors, but they are actually able, just by looking, to feel the essence upon which I draw. By painting these enigmatic pieces I hope to let my viewers see a glimmer of that wonderful, untouchable, omniscient landscape I love.”
You can view more of Rutherford’s work on her website and Instagram page. She will be exhibiting her work through her show, “Elemental,” at the EV gallery beginning on Sunday, April 25. There will be live music from 3 to 5 p.m.