Modern architecture is the main subject of my work. I use minimalism, abstraction, and soft color to interpret built environments into calm and spacious compositions. My process begins with photography of buildings and spaces. In the studio, the photographs are printed and collaged, or digitally manipulated to create each layout. I use house paint, and sometimes incorporate screen printed elements. Drawing from my background in design, some pieces are completely planned and then precisely executed. Others go through multiple iterations of re-photographing, digital sketching, and returning to the canvas.
Sarah Lesher (b. 1983, Arcata, CA) Is a painter and graphic designer living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She has studied at the Instituto de Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz, CA, and at SFAI, San Francisco, CA. Her work has been exhibited in Santa Cruz, CA, Eureka, CA, San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA, and in Portland, OR.
For the past thirty years I have had the good fortune to live in Santa Cruz. As a student at UCSC I began my art training as a member of the Scientific Illustration program my last year at the university. Years after graduation I learned of a printmaking course offered at Cabrillo College in the evenings. From the first night class I was hooked.
I now work out of my home studio equipped with a Griffin IV press, a large work surface and a well-ventilated drying area for new prints. My art is clearly influenced by my natural history and scientific illustration training. Botanicals, animals and treescapes predominate with attention to patterns and layering.
I pull both singular, unique monotypes and monoprints as well as more traditional editions of thirty etchings. My collection is well archived and constantly growing.
Several times I year I host printmaking workshops using non-toxic materials with up to four students at my studio — visit my website and sign up for my mailing list to receive updates.
First Friday Artist Reception
Sarah Lesher at Stripe
Stacy Frank at Stripe Men