The Fayetteville “Meet the Artist” is part of our new series celebrating the local artists and the diversity of art you can find in Fayetteville. This month we are shining a spotlight on Expressionist Painter Sarah Goodyear.
An interview with Expressionist Painter Sarah Goodyear.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I’m 29 years old. I live here in Fayetteville, but I grew up in central Pennsylvania. I love playing music, rock climbing, and making people laugh.
How would you describe the style of art you create? What is your favorite medium and favorite technique?
The style of my art is expressionist painting. They are emotional. I mainly use acrylic and gesso on canvas, but I enjoy many different 2D media, such as ink and oil pastel, oil paint, pen and ink, and good old-fashioned pencil. Lately, my favorite technique is one that focuses on a busy abstract background which then becomes the filling of the object in the foreground by adding negative space. I really enjoy palette knives and energetic brushstrokes.
Dream a Little Dream
How long have you been creating art?
I’ve been creating art all my life and I’ve always used it as an outlet to expel my inner-turmoil. Sounds pretentious but it’s true.
What inspires you?
Emotional torture is a great source of inspiration. When horrible things happen in my personal life there is always this stupid little voice that says “at least this will be great for your art.” (Shut up, you!) It’s also very inspiring to see the work of other contemporary artists. As a visual artist, everything that is seen is influencing the work. Traveling to new and exotic places is very inspiring. Getting out of my comfort zone is great for churning new ideas.
Weight Of The World
What brought you to Fayetteville?
The world-class rock climbing. I stuck around because I love the community here.
What do you think about the art scene in Fayetteville?
There is some talent here but I’m not sure if I would call it a “scene” per se. If there is a scene I am not aware of it. It’s tough in a modest little town like this to make a living from art if you are unable to travel with it. I travel for half the year with it and come back here to hibernate and produce more.
You can discover more of Sarah’s work at http://www.sarahgoodyear.com/