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I am nourished by nature. It is not merely through artistic caprice that I have come to love the river and streams, the winding backwaters, the prairie hillsides. This love has always been within me. It’s not for beauty alone, but for the emanating mystery that nature holds, and the recognition of our interconnectedness to the earth. To share my journey is to give back what the land gives to me – a life connected to the earth and to the spirit in all of us.
When outdoors, I sketch in pencil, charcoal or ink, or paint small oil studies to capture what is essential to me. In the studio, I create larger paintings in oil from my field sketches. I use an indirect approach, interweaving opaque and transparent layers of luminous color and enigmatic shadow to reflect mood and sense of place.
Sara Lubinski is a landscape painter from the upper Midwest. Her interest in the natural world led her to two careers, one as an artist, and the other as a botanist. While working as a botanist in U.S. national parks and along the Mississippi River, the beauty of those landscapes catalyzed her transition back to the easel. She loves weaving the threads of science and art together, resulting in deeply expressive paintings of the natural world.
River Sojourn: A Painter’s Portfolio of the Mississippi River Blufflands
In 2012, Sara Lubinski began a multi-year sojourn into the Upper Mississippi Blufflands, hiking goat prairies, following cold water creeks, taking in Mississippi River bluff top views and investigating algific talus slopes and the life they support. With charcoal, pencil, and homemade walnut ink, she drew what she saw, recording both broad panoramas and diverse, detailed life forms that sustain themselves in these places. She returned to her Brownsville MN studio to paint from the field drawings and numerous sketches.
Sara’s paintings remind us of the beauty and diversity of the Blufflands. River Sojourn gives evidence of the beauty and diversity of natural places in her home region and celebrates land preserved by individuals, state, and federal organizations. The exhibit is on tour in museums and art centers in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin cities through 2016. All the paintings were created from conserved lands including federal, state, county, and private properties.
Link to Sara's website here