We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Houseman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I pursued art because of the stories that it can share with others. Art is a way to connect on a deeper level that sometimes language cannot touch on. The emotions that spill into the pieces that an artist creates can resonate to someone else with completely different experiences and move them.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My artwork is about expressing what it means to be human. All the good things, the hardships, the emotions we may hide, and to put them out into the world. To show that no one is alone in the way they feel or what they are going through. For me, art was a way for me to express the complicated emotions I was going through when I was younger. I had to figure it out through my line work. As I got older, I started seeing that people went through similar things and felt my artwork in a way that we could connect on an unspoken level.
The beautiful thing about art is that its like someone holding your hand and saying “I get you.”
I recently graduated from Webster University in the year of 2020. It was a difficult time to figure out where I should go from their and the one frustration I had about college is that no one taught me how to be my own employer. Thankfully, my mom has been doing Calligraphy for years and running her own business and has been teaching me the tricks of the trade! Within the year, I finished two book covers, created a website, finished multiple other commissions and now I’m getting ready to launch my own brand of products. Things like stickers, posters, t-shirts, and other things!
The hardest thing is working through your self-doubt. When you are running your own business and still trying to figure out what direction you are going in, doubt can set in on if “you’re good enough” or “I don’t even know where to begin.” One of the best piece of advice I ever got from a good friend of mine was, “It’s better to fall than to never try at all. Because you never know if you’ll be able to stand if you never try.”
My story is expressing emotion and finding yourself. Whether that’s making comics, fine art, concept art for video game/tv shows, or movies. They all touch people and maybe inspire them to get up and try for themselves. That connection and the power of passion in people is what drives storytelling.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well since I am in St. Louis Missouri, I have to take them to the arch at least once if they have never seen it in person! It really is a site to behold. Then I would take them to the botanical garden. This is one of my favorite places to go because of the beautiful planet life and how peaceful it is. Forest park is also a really beautiful area that I would probably take them to and sit by my favorite tree to have a picnic. There is also the St. Louis art museum that is in the middle of Forest Park that I would have to take them to. Then, since my best friend and I LOVE good wine, I would take her to the area called Defiance where there are winery’s around every corner and incredible views of the farm fields and mountains. The last spot I would take them is to Main Street St. Charles. It’s a historical area near me that I love to go to, with cute little store fronts and coffee shops.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First, I’m going to start with my parents. My Mom and Dad have always supported and encouraged my art since I was young. Because of all the deep conversations, the support, and idea building for my business, I am finally starting to build something very special for myself that will allow me to spread artistic stories to everyone. I also want to thank the incredible art professors at Webster University. The ones who challenged me to think beyond the standards of art and to speak through my art. I am forever grateful and still learning from all of you even after graduating.
I am also incredible grateful for a professor who recommended me as an Illustrator to an author. Not only did I create the book cover for his second book, but he asked me to redo the first cover. Seeing my art out there on a book that may inspire some other kid out there to read that book or to even start drawing their dreams… Means more than I could have ever imaged. The books are called “Apollo Dreams” and “Shore Leave.”
So to all the friends, family, and incredible teachers that support me… Thank you.