Today we’d like to introduce you to Sable Rae.
Sable, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with the world around me. Every creature, every plant, every landscape. I would dream of grand adventures where I would be running into a field or swimming out into the ocean and getting lost in the moment… I wanted to capture what I imagined.
In High School, I dabbled in photography and toured art schools with big dreams of becoming a successful artist. So when it came time to apply for college, I enrolled as a photography major but was met with ambivalence about my pursuit. I changed my major to sociology before classes even started out of fear that I would never be able to make anything of an art degree.
A few years after college in 2014, I couldn’t shake the need to dive back into a creative outlet only this time it would be through paint. So I picked up some supplies and painted my first watercolor landscape. I was hooked. From there, I began using acrylic and mixed media but took some time away from painting after advancing in my career and struggling to make time for creativity.
It wasn’t until this year that I decided to really start pursuing painting and begin posting my work online to share with the world. The whole experience has been so positive and I’m thankful to be able to connect with many other artists around the world!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I primarily paint landscapes inspired by my recent home in the Pacific Northwest but now also draw inspiration from my new home in Tucson with drawing and painting saguaros, mountains and everything in between. Once in a while, I branch out to paint other subjects but my default is always landscape. I absolutely love being out in nature and embracing wide open views with little to no signs of human existence – just pure nature. Since I’ve started painting regularly, I find inspiration in even the smallest things, I dream in watercolor and often am overloaded with ideas for painting. It’s as if exploring our creative abilities opens doors into our imagination we didn’t even know existed.
If I’m being completely honest, I’ve struggled with believing my art is worthy of holding space in the world. And after talking to other aspiring creatives, I’ve learned that so many others feel the same. Posting my paintings online has helped me embrace vulnerability and grow not only as an artist but as a person. Through my journey in art, my message to others would be, don’t hold back! Share what you love making with the world and don’t fear criticism from others because this is your journey to enjoy. Start creating and don’t stop! Push through all those initial rough patches and know that eventually, it gets easier, but don’t forget to enjoy the process along the way because that’s half the fun of it all!
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
It’s certainly harder to stand out as an artist today because so many others are also making art. I believe providing small pop-up exhibits for emerging artists helps them begin solidifying their presence in the community and gain exposure. I’ve noticed Arizona as a whole has a tremendously vibrant and supportive art community that I would only hope continues to grow!
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
All of my work can be found online through social media on Instagram or Facebook – like, comment, purchase, follow~ just show some love!
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/sableraexo
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/sableraeart