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About the Artist

Sara Moons is an abstract expressionist artist and an art educator, living in Montgomery, Texas. She lives and works from her lakefront home studio, lovingly dubbed Whimsy Lake, with her husband and three children. Sara works with a variety of mediums, primarily in acrylic and oil pastel. She is inspired by the spontaneity of children, the wonder of nature, and the power of music.

Sara attended The Art Institute of Houston, where she received a BFA in interior design. Before Sara became a teaching artist, she worked as a designer for a commercial architecture firm. Sara’s artistic style has evolved over the years into bold, bright, and energetic, and these characteristics are evident in her recent abstract expressionism series. Sara uses her loose, organic style to interpret emotion and favorite songs visually through the use of color, lines, and shapes. Sara is involved in an ongoing outreach partnership with local shelters and organizations, where she teaches expressive art to women, teens, and children who have escaped from abusive situations. Sara has been involved in several solo and group exhibitions and was recently selected as a Rising Star of 2018's premiere arts event, Rising Stars and Legends of Texas.


About the Art

I seek to find the beauty in life’s messiness. This applies to my personal life as a wife and a mother, and it applies to my paintings. I allow myself the luxury of messing up every time I begin painting. I know it is going to happen anyway, so why try to prevent it? I now embrace it. “Messes” and “mistakes” in art pose interesting and engaging design challenges to me. They are beautiful through my eyes. Flaws. Imperfections. It is what I find so attractive in humans, and it is what I love most about my art. I am excited by the freshness and the newness that is presented to me through them. I love to allow spontaneous color and line grow from my paintbrush, as if they are being born onto my canvas from nothing… nothing but childlike imagination and acceptance.


Currently showing at Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts  About Into the Deep:  "Into the Deep" has two meanings. One refers to the beauty and wonder of organic life under water's surface. Ponds, lakes, rivers, oceans all have visually intriguing organisms living within them. Seen and unseen to the human eye, they grow and thrive in their environments, which are always flowing and swirling with activity. At first glance all we see is the glassy surface of water, reflecting life on land. But to submerge beneath the surface is to immerse oneself fully in another world. There is that of which we can see with our eyes: intriguing aquatic plant life, fish; and there is that of which we would need to examine further under a microscope: aquatic invertebrates, microorganisms. It is when we begin looking closer and deeper that we get the full picture of how much life there is in every square foot of natural bodies of water.  Creatively speaking, "Into the Deep" refers to my letting go and surrendering control. If I were to live my creative life just at the surface level, I would only see life on land: constantly comparing myself to others, feeling discouraged with my results. I have discovered, though, that if I immerse myself fully and deeply in the creative process, I discover a whole world of possibility within me. I dive into the unknown world of letting my paint flow freely and uninhibited. I listen to music and let the melody guide my hand. I let my intuition take full control, and trust in the unknown. In this spontaneous process, I experience the childlike joy of painting and allow the flow of the pigment to guide my decisions. This allows me to look deeper into myself, and enjoy the simple act of putting paint to canvas, free of expectation. I create "surprise" results and then examine them further to "find" organic shapes and botanical forms that were never planned. They only merely appeared on the canvas, and I discovered them.

Currently showing at Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts

About Into the Deep:

"Into the Deep" has two meanings. One refers to the beauty and wonder of organic life under water's surface. Ponds, lakes, rivers, oceans all have visually intriguing organisms living within them. Seen and unseen to the human eye, they grow and thrive in their environments, which are always flowing and swirling with activity. At first glance all we see is the glassy surface of water, reflecting life on land. But to submerge beneath the surface is to immerse oneself fully in another world. There is that of which we can see with our eyes: intriguing aquatic plant life, fish; and there is that of which we would need to examine further under a microscope: aquatic invertebrates, microorganisms. It is when we begin looking closer and deeper that we get the full picture of how much life there is in every square foot of natural bodies of water.

Creatively speaking, "Into the Deep" refers to my letting go and surrendering control. If I were to live my creative life just at the surface level, I would only see life on land: constantly comparing myself to others, feeling discouraged with my results. I have discovered, though, that if I immerse myself fully and deeply in the creative process, I discover a whole world of possibility within me. I dive into the unknown world of letting my paint flow freely and uninhibited. I listen to music and let the melody guide my hand. I let my intuition take full control, and trust in the unknown. In this spontaneous process, I experience the childlike joy of painting and allow the flow of the pigment to guide my decisions. This allows me to look deeper into myself, and enjoy the simple act of putting paint to canvas, free of expectation. I create "surprise" results and then examine them further to "find" organic shapes and botanical forms that were never planned. They only merely appeared on the canvas, and I discovered them.