Known for her powerful landscapes, cloudscapes and abstract drawings, Sara Shawger has always been inspired by the majesty of nature and the eternal conflict between order and chaos. 

A native of Pennsylvania, Sara spent many years in Santa Fe, New Mexico where her art thrived in the land known for its brilliant sunsets, rugged landscapes and big, bursting skies.

Sara’s paintings and drawings are characterized by the repetition of lines and loose boxes or squares that fade in and out of the surface, revealing the depth, moods and hidden colors of the subject. Low horizons and a strong vertical emphasis keep the focus above the horizon, into the sky and beyond.

Her signature marks and patterns are not by accident. “I believe we all have an inner language developed from childhood of signs and symbols."

The artist defines abstraction in her art as an extreme close-up of the subject to the point of no longer recognizing its whole. Being so close, the viewer can get a rare glimpse of the object’s intricate space and enter its vivid, complex and sometimes strange world.  

Santa Fe has been a catalyst of sorts for Sara’s artistic endeavors. After her first visit years ago, she began a series of landscape drawings with bold colors, lines and shapes that more closely depict the boundless landscapes of the southwest.

The resulting images rest somewhere in the balance between imagination and reality.

Sara was formerly trained at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she received a degree in English and studio art. She earned a master’s degree in painting and drawing at Virginia’s James Madison University. She was also a college art teacher for five years, prior to redirecting her professional life toward a career as an artist. She currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. 


2017  OCEAN, Beyond the Lines Art Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2016  Art Shared, ArtShare LA Group Show, Los Angeles, CA
2015  ArtShare LA, Groundworks, Santa Monica, CA
2015  Group show, Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise, Tubac, AZ
2015  Solo exhibit, Groudwork, Santa Monica, CA
2014  Group Holiday Show, Gallery 822, Santa Fe, NM
2013  Seven, Beals & Abbate Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
2013  Artists Charitable Fund, 20th Annual Art Auction, Loveland, CO
2012  Point of View, Beals & Abbate Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
2011  Chae-Um CC Gallery, 3rd International Tour, Moo-Ju, Korea
2011  Yu-SHin Museum of Art, 3rd International Tour, Harbin, China
2011  Park Fine Art, 3rd International Tour, Albuquerque, NM 
2011  Mount Palomar Winery, Temecula, CA
2011  Lorimar Winery, Temecula, CA
2010  Miklo's, Feels Like Home, Santa Fe, NM
2010  Max's, Excerpts of Space, Santa Fe, NM
2009  Sleeth Gallery, Alumni Exhibit, Buckhannon, WV
2009  The Empty Bowl, Art Auction, Santa Fe, NM
2009  Open Hands Art Auction, Nussbaumer's, Santa Fe, NM
2008  John David Brooks Gallery, Fairmont, WV
2007  Appalachian Gallery, Morgantown, WV
2007  Sleeth Gallery, Buckhannon, WV
2007  SECAC, Charleston, WV
2006  Sleeth Gallery, Alumni Show, Buckhannon, WV
2005  Callen McJunkin Gallery, Charleston, WV
2004  Graduate Exhibition at Sawhill Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA
2004  Rockingham Springs Arboretum, Massanutten Village, VA
2004  Artful Dodger, Harrisonburg, VA
2003  Exhibition 280 Juried Show, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, WV
2002  Mitten Gallery, Harrisonburg, VA
2000  Sleeth Gallery, Juried Student Show, Buckhannon, WV
2000  WVWC Student Gallery, Buckhannon, WV
1999  Bridge Series, Buckhannon, West Virginia
1999  Sleeth Gallery, Senior Exhibit, Buckhannon, WV
Articles and Publications-
Southwest Art Magazine - August 2013, Eyes on the Skies
Santa Fean Magazine - June/July 2012, the art of it all
John David Brooks Virtual Gallery Interview
Avampato Online Gallery
The Press-Enterprise 2011
The Valley News, Old Town Temecula 2011
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