Sara Katz's paintings evoke a sense of landscape in transition. Her work seeks a balance between loose, active mark-making and conscious decisions, abstracting the visual world into gesture, color, and texture. Exploring a broader use of mixed media, recent works are a continuation of an interest in the landscape and abstraction with a preference for invention and imagined places.
She has shown her work in numerous art venues in Burlington as well as in Massachusetts and at the Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, where more of her work can be seen. Edgewater has also represented her work for the last two years at the Affordable Art Fair in New York. Her work can be found in numerous collections across the country.
Katz was born in 1977 in a small town in southern New Jersey to a Jewish father and Japanese-American mother. After farming vegetables for several years, her parents moved to Cabot, Vermont and began a small greenhouse and nursery business. She and her two younger brothers grew up working at the family business, receiving encouragement in artistic activities from both parents and attending the smallest public school in the state. Her youngest brother, Elliott Katz, is a full-time artist and her brother Jon is PHD candidate in Natural Resources at UVM. Katz went on to Skidmore College where she majored in studio art. She spent a junior semester in Paris, which was where she first began to seriously focus on painting. After graduating from Skidmore in 1999, she moved to Burlington to work for Burlington City Arts and has since held several positions within the organization as it's grown. Today she works full-time as BCA's assistant director.
The process of planting, growing and harvesting has remained as consistent and important in her life as painting, and she spends the extra summer hours keeping a large garden and greenhouse thriving at the North Ferrisburgh property where she lives with her husband, landscape architect and artist Keith Wagner and their three year old son, Hudson.
Painting for Pleasure