Biography

Sarah moved to the southern west coast of British Columbia after growing up in the interior (Summerland) and receiving her BFA in Kelowna in 2001. Since that time Sarah has participated in a range of group and solo exhibitions, sat on an array of arts boards and committees, and has been an active arts participant in her own community and several communities around the Lower Mainland. She has fulfilled many commissions and her work can be found in private collections throughout North America and abroad.  Sarah has been a member of THRIVE Mastermind for several years and is excited to consider creative partnerships with non-profits and businesses alike. 

Sarah talks to most animals that she meets, and over her lifetime she has grown to know countless feathered and furred beings, all of which have had a profound impact on her artwork. A few highlights:

*As a small child her mom took care of a macaw named Pilot who loved to swear; Sarah will never forget the time she was watching Saturday morning cartoons and Pilot yelled out “Good Morning Asshole” to Sarah’s dad when he woke up from his slumber and wandered into the living room. 

*In grade 7 Sarah lead a one-woman campaign to discourage people from purchasing tickets to the circus that was coming to town: she drew pictures of lions with whip injuries and posted them on the doors of the local drugstore when no one was looking (turns out someone was, and she got a polite talking to!).

*In more recent years Sarah took a dog first aid course and now she carries a couple of spare leashes and a dog first aid kit in her car…luckily only the leashes have been deployed so far as she’s found a few random lost dogs walking around traffic in the lower mainland. 

Since 2011 Sarah’s art practice has been dedicated towards the subject of wild animals and human impact on them. Everything from suburban sprawl to deforestation to waste management to a single person carelessly tossing out a bear attractant or a fishing vessel cutting a line. Wild animals are impacted by human activity much more than we realize. We are changing their nature through our actions, and in doing this we are also changing the natural world that we so badly wish to relate to and tap into in this age of digital living. 

Sarah Ronald in her home studio adding finishing details to Standing Bear, 2018. Photo credit: Opus Art Supplies, Ryan Mund.

Sarah works out of her home studio and has two beagles that are usually glued to her side. She currently works part time and spends the rest of her time in her studio or her garden.

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