The term “painting from life” describes both the subjects of Sara Qualey’s still life paintings as well as her method of painting. The commonplace objects she encounters everyday are her inspiration. She sets up arrangements of these objects in her studio where she paints them in oil from direct observation. With color, light and space, Sara seeks to draw the viewer’s attention to things often overlooked. Her paintings celebrate the simple joys of everyday life.
Sara, an Indiana native, studied at the John Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana, and received a BA in studio art from the University of Minnesota. After 20 years of running an advertising/graphic design business in Rochester, Minnesota, she and her musician husband moved to the north woods near Cable, Wisconsin.
She has exhibited paintings in the Arrowhead Biennial and Wisconsin Artists Biennial as well as in group exhibitions at Scottsdale Artists’ School (Scottsdale, AZ), Tweed Museum (Duluth, MN) and University Center Rochester (Rochester, MN). She has had one-person shows at Rochester Art Center (Rochester, MN), Lanesboro Art Center (Lanesboro, MN) and Nielsen Gallery (Edina, MN).