“ By creating a continuously shifting flow of shapes and colors,
I absorb and connect with nature. Using interlocking shapes,
I weave a complex pattern of branches, leaves, ripples, and shadows.
I interpret what I see to make sense out of complexity and convey a sense of place.
Painting is a joy.
-- Sarah Bouwsma
Sarah Bouwsma is a Signature Member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, and a Diamond Member of the 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, Oregon.
Sarah was raised in Berkeley, CA where she discovered a passion for painting when she was in high school. She studied painting and design at California College of Arts and Crafts, and later completed her degree in fine art at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 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.
Northwest Watercolor Society, 1st place in 2012, other awards in 2004–2005
Beaverton Showcase, 1st place for Watercolors in 2005 and 2010
Lake Area Artists, 1st place 2016, other awards from 2010–2017
Watercolor Society of Oregon, awards 2000–2014
Solo Show, First Presbyterian Church, Portland OR; July 1 - August 25, 2018
Watercolor Society of Oregon Spring Exhibition, Florence Events Center, Florence, OR; April 5-24, 2018
Northwest Watercolor Society International Exibition, Mercer Island Community Center WA; April 16 - June 1, 2018
Lake Area Artists Exhibition, Lake Oswego, OR; April 20-22, 2018
Western Federation of Watercolor Societies 43rd Annual Exhibition, Tuscon, AZ; May 1 - June 24, 2018
Northwest Watercolor Society, Bothell, WA; Nov 2017
Watercolor Society of Oregon, 52nd Fall Watercolor Exhibition, Troutdale, OR; 2017
Beaverton Arts Mix, Beaverton Library, OR; 2017
Oregon State University Fish Habitat Exhibit, Corvallis, OR; June 2017
Emerald Spring National, Springfield, OR; 2017
Lake Area Artists Exhibit, Lake Oswego, OR; Award, 2017
510 Museum & ARTspace in Lake Oswego OR; 2016
Cascade Sotheby First Friday Solo Exhibit, Vancouver WA, 2015
Rocky Mountain National Watermedia, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO; 2015
Northwest Watercolor Society International Exhibition, Seattle WA; 2011 and 2015
Verum Ultimatum Gallery, Living Mark Exhibit, Portland, OR; 2015
Art on Broadway Gallery, “Golden Views”, Beaverton, OR; 2015
Kaiser Permanente Westside Hospital, Hillsboro OR, Giclee prints on canvas installed, 2013
First Presbyterian Church, “Twelve Award Winning Water Media Masters”, Portland OR; 2013
Chehalem Cultural Center, Oregon Artist Showcase, Newberg, OR; 2013
Concordia University, “Nature: an Artist's Vision”, Portland OR; 2012
Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Albuquerque, NM 2011 and Las Vegas, NV 2012