Who, What and Where...
Sarah Waite Chase is an artist located in Richmond, CA. Her work of paintings and illustrations are inspired by gardens, pollinators, coastal landscapes, and magical creatures.
Nature is a place where I find comfort from the wild world out there. It was after my father died that I started gardening. Many of the plants I wanted to grow died but some of them surprised me and grew like magic. I started with succulents and then flowers and now pollinator gardens. It has been healing to accept the life and death of plants.
In reflection of life I started painting flowers, butterflies, hummingbirds that would visit the garden. During this time I was also thinking about planes of consciousness and energy fields. I wanted to draw and paint the air. During the wildfires in California I thought about how the smoke moved through the air and how was it perceived by the other wild creatures out there. Do they communicate with each other.
What about magical creatures like mermaids and unicorns. Why do they both appear in so many different cultures. With unicorns I feel hopeful and with mermaids mysterious.
How it started...
I grew up in New Jersey in a very creative household. My father was an artist and my mom is an avid gardener. During my childhood my parents built an art studio, green house and grew lots of summer vegetables. DIY was a way of life.
Creating makes me feel joy and thanks for letting me share it with you. Check out the shop for original paintings and archival prints on canvas and paper. I hope these art objects become part of your everyday life and make it special.