Sara Fletcher grew up in Western New York State. She earned her MFA in Painting at the University of Iowa, and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Painting at Brandeis University. Sara is an Assistant Professor of Visual Art at Missouri Valley College and she lives in Boonville, Missouri with her husband, painter Chris Fletcher and their daughter Beatrice.
A love of light and stories is at the center of my paintings. My recent works depict people helping to prepare one another for changes including marriage and the beginning of childhood, and explore how these symbolize other possible changes.
My vision is influenced by favorite painters like Isabel Bishop, Susan Lichtman, Georges Rouault, and early Renaissance artists such as Fra Angelico, and by memories, surroundings, and loved books. To suggest moments of time woven together, different kinds of light illuminate parts of the same painting, and sometimes characters repeat. Tensions emerge that I value for their visual character and symbolism of battles. There are battles, and sometimes harmonies, between outer surface, inner structure, and meaning, between light and dark, and between individuality and connectedness.
Connectedness is discovered not only in the story and people’s gestures: it is also expressed by implied connections between seemingly unrelated shapes, color passages, or characters. I find that my paintings need individuals, with their own strange particularities, to connect, to make an image that is generous enough to sustain long viewing and is not too vague.
Though my vision for the painting starts out vaguely, with invented sketches that I inform from observation as needed, I paint and revise my way towards clarity, a clarity that embraces mystery. I do want the image to feel real with space and light, but also, in the forming, to touch the reality of the imagination of the heart and mind, and how that colors the way the world looks.