Sara Risley

Artist Statement- Light

My attraction to light drove my artistic quest even before I realized it.  I used to love lying on the spot on the carpet that got the one shard of sunlight between the houses, feeling it on my face.  I was drawn to works of art in which the quality of light was everything.  I love the backlit shadow boxes at our favorite Chinese restaurant.  In college I chose photography to express my creative vision.

Working as a portrait photographer for 27 years in a series of busy studios I honed my use of light to make a dramatic statement about my subject or to flatter them.  I was always looking for the best or different way to use my “paint” to create the portrait that would resonate with the subject.  When I started teaching lighting to new trainees I began to understand the importance of light in my artistic vision.  I realized how much I was subconsciously aware of how light fell upon what I was seeing.  In the movies I ached to turn the woman’s head to better light her face.  I mentally rearranged furniture that the window light would fall more beautifully on the floor or a vase or a water glass. 

I became fascinated with the glass art of Dale Chihuly and realized it was because of the play of light with the color and reflectivity of glass.  I had found another way in which to continue my romance with light.

Then I bou

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Sara Risley
Aurora's Song 2/3 by Sara Risley
Aurora's Song 2/3
32 x 32 in.
$2250.00
Beautiful Deviation 1/2 by Sara Risley
Beautiful Deviation 1/2
24 x 48 in.
$2250.00
City Heat 1/3 by Sara Risley
City Heat 1/3
15 x 30 in.
$950.00
City Silence 1/2 by Sara Risley
City Silence 1/2
24 x 48 in.
$2250.00
CJ's Lament Variation by Sara Risley
CJ's Lament Variation
8 x 8 in.
$85.00
Early Frost 1/3 by Sara Risley
Early Frost 1/3
28 x 28 in.
$1750.00
Enigma Variations by Sara Risley
Enigma Variations
12 x 5 in.
$85.00
Flora 1 by Sara Risley
Flora 1
8 x 8 in.
$85.00
Frosted Dawn 1/3 by Sara Risley
Frosted Dawn 1/3
24 x 24 in.
$950.00
Ice on Ice I (only) by Sara Risley
Ice on Ice I (only)
32 x 32 in.
$2250.00
Ice on Ice II (only) by Sara Risley
Ice on Ice II (only)
32 x 32 in.
$2250.00
Layers of Time 1/3 by Sara Risley
Layers of Time 1/3
20 x 20 in.
$750.00
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