About Sarah

“By creating a continuously shifting flow of shapes and colors, I hope to absorb and connect with nature. Using interlocking shapes, I weave a complex pattern of branches, leaves, ripples, and shadows. I use the images I find in nature to make sense out of its complexity and convey a sense of place.”
-- Sarah Bouwsma

Sarah Bouwsma is a Signature Member of Northwest Watercolor Society, and a Diamond Member of Watercolor Society of Oregon. She is also a member of Lake Area Artists where here newest works can be seen in Lake Oswego, Oregon every year in April. Her works are also on display at Earthworks Galleries in Yachats and Newport, Oregon.

Sarah was raised in Berkeley, CA where she discovered a passion for painting when she was in high school. After graduating she majored in painting and design at California College of Arts and Crafts. Later she moved to Madison, WI where she completed her degree in fine art. She has worked as a graphic designer, calligrapher, and illustrator in Berkeley, Madison, and Austin TX. Sarah became a full time painter since moving to Portland, OR in 1993.


Representation by Studio Art Direct, Inc.; Art consultants creating art in architecture for healthcare, hospitality, corporate, and government environments.

Selected giclee prints available from the artist.


Watercolor Society of Oregon, various awards 2000–2014

Northwest Watercolor Society, Waterworks Exhibition — 1st place in 2012, other awards in 2004–2005

Beaverton Showcase, 1st place for Watercolors in 2005 and 2010

Lake Area Artists, various awards from 2010–2015

Recent and Upcoming Exhibitions

510 Museum & ARTspace in Lake Oswego OR, “From the Roots Up” March 4-25, 2016

Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition, Golden, CO 2015

Northwest Watercolor Society International Open Exhibition, Seattle WA 2011 and 2015

Cascade Sotheby's Realty Office in Vancouver WA, Solo show, 2015

Verum Ultimatum Gallery, Portland, OR Living Mark Exhibit 2015

Art on Broadway Gallery in Beaverton, OR “Golden Views” 2015

Beaverton Visual Arts Showcase, Beaverton OR, Juried in every year 2003 to 2015

Watercolor Society of Oregon, Juried in every year 2000–2011 and 2013–2015

NWWS Waterworks Exhibition, WA, 2003–2007, 2012 and 2014

Kaiser Permanente Westside Hospital in Hillsboro OR, Giclee prints on canvas installed, 2013

First Presbyterian Church, Portland OR, “Twelve Award Winning Water Media Masters” 2013

Concordia University, Portland OR, “Nature: an Artist's Vision” 2012

Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Albuquerque 2011 and Las Vegas 2012