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August 26th, 2020
Jesse Gussow


Once you look at one of the works of art by Sarah Watson, you are immediately drawn to the eyes. Her characters give off strong and powerful vibes peering deep into your soul. Her use of colours enhances the piece and makes it pull you that much in deeper. Her line work and attention to detail cause you to finally just completely emerge yourself in the work taking you out of the world and into a beautiful strong vibrant powerful place with warriors, goddesses and sirens. Truly stunning artwork.

 


Where are you from?

North Bay, Ontario, Canada.

 

 


How did you get started in art?

I’ve been drawing my whole life. As a child I was obsessed with cartoons and would watch my favourite shows while trying to draw the characters I saw on TV. In elementary school, I went through a Manga phase, and once I hit middle school, I began challenging myself to draw portraits. Throughout my teenage years I continued to teach myself how to draw, focusing mainly on realism and figuratism. In 2019 I completed a university degree in Fine Arts, and have since been working on refining my skill and developing my creativity.

 

 


Where do you find your inspiration for your artwork?

I think it’s a combination of my interests and my personal experiences. On one hand I tend to draw my inspiration from all forms of both contemporary and historical art, whether it be fashion, music, makeup, photography, painting or film. I keep note of what I like. On the other hand, I feel passionate about women and what it means to be a feminine person in this world, and so I feel compelled to create work that speaks to my gendered experiences. Altogether, creating artwork for me is play. It’s fun, and when I create, I feel like a little kid again, creating characters with narratives and exploring different identities.

 

 


What is the first thing you do when sitting down to a blank canvas?

For the most part I already have an idea of what I’m going to make, so I start to sketch and map out how I’m going to organize the work compositionally.

 

 


If you weren't an Artist what job would you have and why?

I love music, and although I don’t make music, I’d love to work within the music industry, or somewhere that requires me to be immersed in a musical environment.

 

 


What do you see in your work?

I see beauty, strength, power and vulnerability. I see complexity. I see a person with a story I want to know more about.

 

 


What is your spirit animal?

I was once told by a medium that my spirit animal is a little white rabbit, because in nature, rabbits are very skittish and fearful creatures. They are gentle and timid, and always on the lookout for possible predators. As an animal totem they present overcoming fear. I am very sensitive at heart, and throughout my life I’ve struggled with feelings of distrust and hyper vigilance towards others, so this really resonated with me.

 

 


How long does it take to complete a piece? Do you work on one piece at a time or several?

The time it takes for me to complete a piece is dependent on the medium I’m working with. Currently, I am almost exclusively working digitally, and I can get a digital drawing finished in anywhere between 10-30 hours on average.

 

 


What is the most fulfilling part about being an artist?

Having the ability to transmute my thoughts, feelings and ideas into physical, tangible works of art that both myself and others can access and connect with.

 

 


Do you prefer solo shows or are group shows less stressful and more easy going?

I’ve never done a solo show, but I’d love to one day. I think eventually I’d love to give my work the recognition it deserves.

 

 


How would you describe your style?

Playful, whimsical, vibrant and intricate, with a touch of darkness and rebellion.

 

 


What's the best response to your work you've heard?

I remember witnessing someone cry while looking at one of my paintings. She told me she felt really moved by it. I was only a teenager at the time but that really stuck with me.

 

 


What are you passionate about?

Art in all forms, seeking justice, uncovering truths, healing trauma, connecting with others, dismantling the white supremacist patriarchy, and love.

 

 


What is the biggest challenge you’ve overcome with your artwork?

Validating myself as an artist, and giving myself the space to express myself freely without judgement. It’s still a work in progress.

 

 


Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies?

Oh, Fudgee-O all the way!

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