About Sarah

“ 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

2018 Exhibitions

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

Recent Juried Exhibitions

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