SARAH masters

Blue Jay, soft pastel on paper, 11" x 11" (framed), $400 Contact us for purchase

Blue Jay, soft pastel on paper, 11" x 11" (framed), $400

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Cardinal, soft pastel on paper, 11" x 11" (framed), $400 Contact us for purchase

Cardinal, soft pastel on paper, 11" x 11" (framed), $400

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Cedar Waxwing, soft pastel on paper, 10" x 10" (framed), $350 Contact us for purchase

Cedar Waxwing, soft pastel on paper, 10" x 10" (framed), $350

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Chickadee, soft pastel on paper, 10" x 10" (framed), $350 Contact us for purchase

Chickadee, soft pastel on paper, 10" x 10" (framed), $350

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Dove, soft pastel on paper, 11" x 11" (framed), $400 Contact us for purchase

Dove, soft pastel on paper, 11" x 11" (framed), $400

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Flicker, soft pastel on paper, 13" x 13" (framed), $430 Contact us for purchase

Flicker, soft pastel on paper, 13" x 13" (framed), $430

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Great Blue Heron, soft pastel on paper, 13" x 13" (framed), $430 Contact us for purchase

Great Blue Heron, soft pastel on paper, 13" x 13" (framed), $430

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Jay, soft pastel on paper, 11" x 11" (framed), $400 Contact us for purchase

Jay, soft pastel on paper, 11" x 11" (framed), $400

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With this recent group of drawings, the rich, lush, seductive colors of soft pastel dust have lured me in to new experiments in abstract drawing. In an earlier series I was most interested in the layering of the colors and how the veils of color changed both what was underneath and what was adjacent. In these smaller drawings I have focused primarily on the relationships of color and value. Many of the drawings in this series began in reference to a particular bird with inspiration based on the colors and characteristics of that bird. Of course, the demands of each drawing take precedent over any stubborn adherence to the details of the source, and sometimes the original reference is obscured completely. While my initial adventure in working with soft pastels was influenced by a number of artists, this group pays homage to the remarkable drawings and paintings of Sean Scully.

Sarah Masters is a Richmond native. She holds a degree in botany from Duke University. After working at Duke in pathology research for several years, Sarah returned to Richmond to earn a degree in Painting and Printmaking from VCU. Her work ranges from drawing and painting to mixed media three-dimensional work. Sarah’s work has been shown both locally and regionally. Her work is found in many public and private collections. She currently teaches drawing at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Sarah is a fellow of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.