Mark-making and color are the driver of my painting practice. While I often begin referencing subject matter from a photograph I’ve taken or found, I am more concerned with the marks inspired than the documentation of the object or place. I work between multiple pieces at a time, transferring marks and processes learned from one to the next through the layering of paint, graphite, pastel and colored pencils, and edit frequently with large brushstrokes. The immediate, abstract, and wordless practice of painting balances my more measured, verbal life in the office and the community, and exercises a mind that requires contrast of experience.

Sara Katz was born in South Jersey in 1977 and subsequently grew up in Cabot, Vermont on a vegetable farm/greenhouse and nursery. She received her undergraduate degree from Skidmore College and she spent a semester in Paris, where she began a focus in painting. She and her two younger brothers grew up working at the family business attending the smallest public school in the state. Her youngest brother, Elliott Katz, is a full-time artist and her brother Jon is a Natural Resources PhD.  She has worked for Burlington City Arts, a municipal arts organization in Burlington, Vermont since 1999, and currently serves as the Assistant Director. Her work is influenced by her agricultural background, Japanese heritage and interest in the natural world.

Katz is represented by the Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, VT. She is frequently commissioned for large works, and is in collections throughout the U.S. She lives and paints in North Ferrisburgh, Vermont, on a homestead farm that she shares with her husband, landscape architect and artist H. Keith Wagner, their son Hudson and daughter Viscaya.


Apartment Therapy

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Living Spaces

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Edgewater Gallery
Summer Solos at the Falls
Middlebury, VT

Hall Art Foundation
Made in Vermont
Reading, VT

Amy E. Tarrant Gallery
Directors’ Digressions
Burlington, VT

Affordable Art Fair
New York, NY

Edgewater Gallery
Middlebury, VT

Paintings, Place
215 Gallery
Burlington, VT

Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
Pittsfield, MA