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About Me

Sarah McCord

Artist Statement

In addition to creating powerful, metaphysical transcendent works of art, Sarah McCord is passionate about holding communal, sacred artistic space to experience connection and shared humanity. She is a natural teacher, a gifted writer, and a born artist who incorporates art history, creativity, and art techniques to break down barriers. Sarah facilitates accessible art creation as a tool of meaning-making, enlightenment, and healing. She creates unique commissioned art that is infused with personalized energy imprints, specific symbols and meaning, and timeless resonant beauty.

  Artist Biography

Sarah McCord is someone who brings beauty into heightened awareness in everyday life.  From early childhood, she was noted to have natural talents in the visual arts. This was encouraged by gifts she received of art supplies she often considered too precious to open because of their high value of being the ones “real” artists would use. When not pouring over coffee table books of Georgia O’Keeffe and Degas in the back of the library, she made gifts from pinecones, homemade clay, bits of string, and colored paper. Not a holiday went by when everyone on her list wasn’t given usable objects to treasure. This inherent creative ability flows through everything Sarah paints.   

 Sarah comes from a long line of survivors.  Her grandmother was a three-time breast cancer survivor and as a child, Sarah spent time caring for an aunt disabled by multiple sclerosis.  Her mother and father who were children of alcoholics, passed on their abusive behavior and Sarah survived that, too. The oldest of three siblings, she survived a “twin” cousin’s death of cancer at sixteen.  The key to this survival was her ability to focus on the beauty of this world to cultivate and maintain a sense of hope and endurance.   

 Though she won Best of Show in her high school art show and was encouraged to pursue art school by her art instructors, by necessity she had to pursue a more practical path. She graduated with a nursing degree, got married, had three children, and adopted two more with special needs.  Her gift lay dormant for ten years.  When she came out as a lesbian, she found that if anything, the gift had not faded but only heightened. Her talent was right where she had left it – and it was a new sort of survival tool for herself and others. From then on, the brush has not left her hand and she is usually painting or giving workshops on painting!   

 Sarah takes her lived experiences, neurodivergence, wisdom, and insights and translates them, brush stroke by brush stroke into forms that communicate a spiritual resonance to the beholder.  Her works combine such elements as plants, birds, sacred geometry, and symbolic color.  She provokes consideration, observation, and attunement to the environment and inspiring moments of reflection and connection with elements larger than oneself.  She endeavors to transmit the same awareness of beauty to inspire and enlighten others.  

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Education 

Artistic studies

 October 2020 Creative Catalyst University of North Carolina School of the Arts- Thomas Kenan Institute October 2020 

 The Atonement Project University of Michigan, Ashley Lucas January 2020 

 Self Portrait Workshop Shauna Levenson and Dorielle Caimi Developing a Visual Language Rachel Popowcer November 2017 

 A La Prima Portraiture Kerry Dunn   

 

Degreed studies 

 May 2017 Alternative Teaching Licensure in Special Education, K-12 Eastern New Mexico University, 4.0 GPA December 2003 Bachelors of Science, Nursing University of New Mexico, Summa Cum Laud     

 

Exhibitions   

 March 2022 “Water is Life”, Tortuga Gallery, group show   

 March 2022 “Light Out of Dark”, Ricochet Gallery, group show   

 March 2022 “A Rough Patch”, Rebel Galley and Prints, group show   

 March 2022 “Put a Bird on It”, Tortuga Gallery, group show   

 February 2022 “The Low Rez Art Show”, Mothership Alumni Gallery, group show   October 2021 “Creepshow”, Mothership Alumni Gallery, group show   

 June 2019 OT Circus, group opening   

August 2018 OFF Center, group gallery   

May 2017 “All Members Show” First Unitarian Church   

September 2017 New Mexico State Fair   


Collected Works   


 “Knock on Wood” Series 1, 8 Pieces, birds and sacred geometry on wood panel sold in entirety opening night at Ricochet gallery- purchased by Sammi 3/2022   

 “The Ravens” 12 pieces mixed media, shown at Mothership Alumni Gallery, three sold to  private collections,  the remainder currently for sale as part of a group show at Ricochet Gallery, purchased respectively 10/2021, 1/2022, 3/2022    

 “Grandmother's Chair” 2/2022   

“Moon Over the Sandias”-Barbara Jordan 3/2022   

“Triangulation”- Ruth Harrigan 2/2022   

 “The Hummer”-Marissa Nordstrom- 5/2021   

“Something Growing Inside Me”-Carlos Contreras 2/2022   

“Sweet silver Angel/Jesus was a Crossmaker”-at auction 1/2022       


Commissions 


 2021-Marissa Nordstrom-personal narrative landscape for gift 

 2021-Alison Grady-two-part bird commission for gift 

 2021-Ben Sears- hummingbird commission for gift 

2021-Carol Roullard- roadrunner commission 

2022-Trinette Nordstrom Langner-personal narrative landscape for gift 

2022-Mathew Parameter-Villarreal-personal figurative and landscape narrative         

 Activities 


 Community involvement:  Coffee and Creatives 

Volunteer: Prison Creative Arts Project, Family Promise, New Day 

Donations: Keshet Dance Company, AA LGBTQ+, First Unitarian Social Justice, OFF Centr Arts   

Production: The Wet Stuff Podcast   

 

Media 


Interviewed on KOB Morning Show about offering Van Gogh-inspired workshop April 2022  

 

 Community Workshops   


 January 2022 “Desert visions: Paint a Landscape as Seen Through Georgia O’Keeffe’s Eyes”-Mirhaven Community Center   

February 2022 “Paint the One you Kiss-Paint a Painting in the Famous Style of Klimt” – ABQ Collective 

March 2020 “Metaphors in March: Exploring the work of Irish artist Gerard Dillon”- Mirhaven Community Center, Palmilla Senior Living   

April 2020 “Van Gogh to Go: Paint Your Own Van Gogh Workshop”-Mirhaven Community Center, ABQ Collective, Palmilla Senior Living, Bear Canyon Estates    

You can learn more about me and see more of my work at my website or on Instagram at sarahemccordart or find me on Facebook at Sarah McCord      


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