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 Sarah Elizabeth Spector  (1960 - )

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Lived/Active: District Of Columbia / France      Known for: modernist portrait, nudes and interior scene painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following text, dated March 17, 2012, is from SanAnselmo-Fairfax Patch, a blog from Marin Coffee Roasters & Cafe, an exhibition venue of work by Sarah Spector.

Sarah Spector 30 Paintings-Marin Coffee Roasters

From a very early age, Sarah Spector drew and painted. As a teenager, she used color pastels to portray the qualities of natural light and began forming a substantial, high-quality body of work that included portraits, nudes and interiors.

Her "Abstract Impressionism" mainly focused on still lifes, where she learned to experiment with the picture plane--still focusing on natural light and the interplay of line and sphere.

On graduating high school, Spector went to farm in Israel, and after a few years in college on the East and West coasts, to paint in France.

When she returned a few years later, Spector went back to school to earn an MFA from The American University in Washington, D.C. She went back to Europe to paint, but returned the same year to accept a job teaching art in high school in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area.

While teaching she continued painting and exhibiting her work in art spaces and galleries, but now her abstracted still life and portraits evolved into a purer formal abstraction influenced by painters including Richard Diebenkorn, Mark Rothko and Grace Hartigan. She began to work with acrylics and collage and never looked back.

Spector has never stopped painting. For the past few years she has experimented with other materials, like wax and watercolors. "I'm interested in the conversation or relationship of the body (inner system) to its environment (outer system), and the way materials reflect that."

Another important aspect of Spector's life is her practice as a body- and energy-worker. "A skilled healing facilitator," she says, "is someone who perceives subtle energies and works with them to effect transformation (change). That is a lifelong practice.

Spector's work reflects this discipline and is often felt as powerfully transformative. The works exhibited here include acrylics, mixed media and collage and encaustics on canvas and paper and canvas.



Biography from a third party submitted on 12/30/2012:
Sarah Elizabeth Spector (1960-)

Sarah Spector, born in Washington, D.C. on April 22, 1960, lived and painted in Corsica and in Paris as a young woman. Spector initially used colored pastels to portray qualities of natural light and formed a substantial, body of work, which included portraits, nudes and interiors.

She studied at Reed College; the Boston Museum School; Villa Arson Ecole et Centre National D'Art Contemporain, Nice; and American University in Washington, D.C., where she earned a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in 1987.

Spector's work was lauded as "avant garde, with the firm underpinnings of true technical mastery," by Ben Summerford The American University. Eminent art historian Sir Lawrence Gowing and Ivan Karp (director of the Leo Castelli Gallery and of the O.K. Harris Gallery in New York) have directed high praise to Spector's work, comparing her style and technical skill to Mark Rothco and Richard Diebenkorn.

Her paintings have been exhibited at the Cherry Center for the Arts in Carmel, California.

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