Born in the small town of Hamilton, NY, to a professor of philosophy and his homemaker wife who had 3 sons already, Sarah began violin at age 7 and cello at 10. Music was a way not only to express herself, but to achieve and hold her own in her male-centric home and small town. Sarah became so skilled, that shortly after beginning college, she qualified as principal cellist for the National Symphony of Bolivia she lived for some time. Later, she returned to study at McGill University in Montreal, receiving a degree in Music Performance. Some years playing chamber music in symphony orchestras and teaching in North, South and Central America followed.
As did marriage, three children and a move to Albuquerque, NM and a decision to pursue a more "serious" profession, which turned out to be a Masters degree in Counseling, and becoming a psychotherapist in private practice. Now fate (or serendipity) steps into the story. Sarah and one of her sons decided to take a drawing class, for fun. It was fun, and so in 1994, they followed the drawing with a painting class. Sarah describes what happened: I entered a world I never knew existed. I fell in love. And from there on, it was all I cared about." Almost immediately, people started buying Sarah's paintings, just by word of mouth. She continued classes. She got gallery representation, within a year, she had reduced her counseling load from 33 clients to 6. Then she closed her office. Sarah Hartshorne, professional artist, was born. Sarah Hartshorne lives full-time in a wold of art now, expressing deep feelings in the colors and confident, complex structures of every single piece of art she creates.
The Artist Says: I focus on the unique in the ordinary. I explore the play of light and shadow, and use the color to bring my subjects alive. My current interest is botanical themes, entering the subject telescopically so that the viewer is carried into a new, unexpected and almost abstract encounter with the familiar.