Sarah Verardo is a contemporary oil painter based in Providence, Rhode Island. Having grown up in coastal New England, the ocean has always been a familiar representation of home. After living in New York City for 14 years, Sarah returned to Rhode Island, connecting with the seaside New England environment in a different way as an adult. The idea of home, and in particular proximity to the ocean, changed from a pacifying comfort to become more of a spiritual and reflective touchstone. Through her work, Sarah pays homage to the role her environment has had in her personal evolution through both trying and celebratory times in her life.
Sarah graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in Government and, when not painting, works in digital marketing. She is an Elected Artist at the Art League of Rhode Island. Her work has been featured in juried exhibitions with the Art League of Rhode Island and the California Art League. Sarah’s work belongs to private collections within the United States and internationally.
I am deeply inspired by nature and the environment of my native New England. I consider my work to be an expression of gratitude for where I am from and also a reflection of where I am today. Through my journey with grief, awareness, and reckoning of my own spirituality, I’ve learned to become a more thoughtful observer of my environment. Whether it’s a painting of surfers waiting patiently in the water, or an intricate study of one seemingly unexceptional shell, my work is meant as gesture of appreciation for the ordinary pieces of time and place.
My subjects are organic, with complexities and layers. There are intricacies that I don’t pick up on until I’m well into my painting process. The act of painting my subject is more than study and is ultimately a reflection or meditative practice. I am able to take the time to truly consider my subject, and through that process, I am more considerate of my own presence and the presence of the environment around me. My hope is that when someone views my work, they are also inspired to stop and be more mindful of their surroundings and step outside of themselves.
I consider the opportunity I have to paint to be a gift. It continues to afford me the chance to be a more mindful person, and if I’m able to share that experience with just a handful of people, then it is well worth any effort.