Splintered Glimpses is composed of several small bodies of work and ideas that have caught my attention. It represents my journey both as an artist and as a person over the past year – especially the past six months.
Iʼm interested in capturing a moment in time, whether that moment is happening outside of myself or within my own thoughts. The way I work is instinctive and physical. There is little planning involved, rather I jump in and use any materials at hand. I draw on abstraction and symbolism in order to bring these snapshots and events to life. At times I allow abstract collections of line, color, and form to resolve into a recognizable object, at others I let them fall away and tumble into a morass of ink blots and paint stains that while seemingly random, are still connected to the idea that Iʼm attempting to capture.
Sarah Widhalm is an artist living and working in Missoula, Montana. A native Montanan, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Montana in Missoula as well as a minor in media arts. Sarahʼs work focuses on making the mundane interesting and getting people to take a second, deeper look at the world around them. She has also worked with themes of family, memory, relationships, and nature using animal symbolism. She has participated in several group showings, including Fresh Paint exhibitions in November of 2011 and 2012, as well as the BFA Senior Thesis Show in May of 2012, as well as completing commissioned paintings, murals and designs for various people and organizations. Sarah has taught art to girl scouts in Montana and Wyoming as a camp counselor, and her next project will be contributing to a collaborative project dedicated to female poets and artists. Her goals for the future include, but are not limited to: starting a career in graphic design and illustration, creating more art, adopting a dog, coaching youth sports, and improving her pool game.