Sarah Trundle is a Charlottesville, Virginia, painter who, after beginnings in representational art, now works primarily in abstraction.
Decisive mark-marking, boldly geometric shapes, and a simplicity of form, line, and color are the hallmarks of Sarah's paintings, whether abstract or representational. She sees every painting as a constantly evolving and shifting process, often starting a piece without any fixed vision of an end product. Her approach is one of constantly obscuring and re-defining, ongoing layering, scraping, covering, wiping, scratching, and generally moving paint and materials around to ultimately achieve the final balance of shape and color that gives her that "aha" moment. The simplicity of the final product thus often belies the complexity of its creation.
She has long been captivated by the process of creating a painting, viewing it as a crucial component of the finished the painting as a whole. She strives to give the viewer a window into this struggle and process, by often leaving edges raw and unfinished, and initial marks and layers still visible but shifted and partly obscured. Her unique works range from brightly colored, playful abstracts to soft, simple, serene, and monochromatic horizon-line landscapes.
Sarah holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. She started her career as a full time artist after having worked many years as a mental health therapist (who dabbled in art).