About the Artist

Who Is Sarah
Sarah is an admirer of all kinds of art. She enjoys show music and plays from community theater to Broadway. She is intrigued by Europe. Much of this curiosity has stemmed from Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis and Victor Hugo. Audrey Hepburn movies have also added to this fascination. If you listen closely, you might even hear her say some words with an English accent. Her favorite color is purple. She studies the Bible. Nothing is a weed to Sarah, they are just flowers that are less popular in her mind. Sarah has three brothers and two sisters. She enjoys spending time with all of them. Everyone is homeschooled but Sarah graduated in 2012.

Sarah joined the World Wide Pressed Flower Guild at age 12. She enjoys attending the conferences, the online group and taking classes online. She has learned many valuable techniques from them. She likes the challenge of big projects. Sarah works part time for the City of Clarkesville's Gardens and Grounds department. She started volunteering there at age 10 when Miss Charle’ chose to mentor Sarah. Sarah was then hired at the age of 20. She would like to have more time to read, spin wool and redesign thrift store clothing. Water is for fish if you ask Sarah. Give her the mountains any day. She likes watching old movies with her mom and eating chocolate cake that she makes loaded with chocolate chips. ”Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.” –Audrey Hepburn.

How Sarah Got Started
For the first three years of Sarah’s life, she didn’t sleep. Could it be that she was too excited to get busy with her hands? Once she laid her hands to a pair of scissors, her creative drive was released in a more tangible way. She cut construction paper, cardboard, yarn…today it is botanical material.

Sarah’s business, Hearts A Burstin’, started when she made note cards with pressed flowers on them for a church event. One of the organizers noticed them. She asked Sarah if she would make cards to sell at their restaurant. Sarah was delighted to. On the other end of town Sarah’s friend, Miss Charle’, showed Sarah’s cards to a store owner. This lady said that she would like to carry Sarah’s cards too. With the two businesses and commissions, Sarah got busy. She stayed focused. Her designs improved. Watercolor artist, Mr. John Kollock, took note.

Miss Charle’ and Mr. and Mrs. Kollock encouraged Sarah to make original framed art. With her friends' backing, Sarah started this exciting venture. She took over part of the living room for her studio. In 2007 she received commissions from a strong supporter, Mrs. Mary Lou Berghel, who also contacted a local art gallery to see if Sarah could be the September featured artist. Sarah got on the schedule for her show “Painting with Petals.” The Clarkesville Garden Club provided refreshments while the local dulcimer club provided music. The show was like a fairy tale.

Sarah continued with pressed flowers, fulfilling commissions and doing art shows. The demonstrating artists at the gallery invited Sarah to work with them. Nancy Garrett, taught Sarah how to make cornhusk dolls. She said, “You are a cornhusk doll. You seem like someone who will pass this down.” In fact, Sarah is passing this skill around. She taught an 8-week-course on making cornhusk dolls to adults. She had to break down the steps, really thinking about details. This made Sarah come up with her own style, differing from Garrett’s. This made Sarah feel better about selling her dolls.

Sarah enjoys the gathering, (not the pressing) the sketching, the shaping, the color challenges and the many textures that pressed-flower art allows her to work with. Sarah presses most of her own flowers so what you see in her pictures probably once grew in a Georgia garden, field or forest. As part of the World Wide Pressed Flower Guild, Sarah sometimes get flowers from across the nation and some from other continents. It’s nice when she can tell someone that "the moss is from China”.