We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Wolff and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
The idea of having a conventional office job is something that never appealed to me personally. When I was younger I did not always imagine myself pursuing a career in art, for a brief moment I actually wanted to be a zoologist. However, as time went on and I continued to grow up I found myself growing more interested in art and various creative avenues. I have always been enamored with the process of taking a blank canvas and using it to create a piece. There is a quote that has inspired me the last few years made by Robin William’s character in “The Dead Poet’s Society”. He said, “…And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are all noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.” I think as artists many of us want to make the world a more beautiful place and use our art as a forum for discussion. Art, in all of its many forms, has a magical way of unifying people and even sparking a conversation. And I want to be a part of creating that narrative.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Something that I believe that sets me apart from some artists today is that I still prefer to work in a traditional sense. I primarily work with pen, watercolor, or guache as my mediums of choice. I believe that there is a large percent of the artistic community who have dived right into the digital field. I give all credit to my amazingly talented friends who have outstanding digital work, I unfortunately have not been able to quite grasp the digital medium as masterfully as they have. However, that being said, I am extremely proud of how far I have come as an artist and am thrilled that I have found my own artistic style and creative voice. I am unbelievably excited for some upcoming projects I have in the works right now. One of them being finishing/ reworking an older project of mine from university, which was an ABC’s project inspired by Disney. As of right now in my career I have a few part time jobs and do my best to find time to paint. I think it is definitely a challenge to find a “big kid job” post graduation, but I think it is typically like that for many of us. It’s easy to get discouraged and overwhelmed. A lesson I continue to learn is to make time. Make time for all of the things in life that are important. Family and friends for sure are a top of my list, but an area that I continue to struggle in is making time for my art. So that being said I thought I’d follow along with the tradition of making a new years resolution. That being said, I have decided to challenge myself with two resolutions: firstly, I am going to do everything within my power to find a big kid job, fingers crossed! Secondly, I am going to make time for my passion, my art. I’ve found that it is so easy to say, “I’ll do it later.” But, when is later? Whether it’s sitting down to paint, workout, do chores, etc. All you need is the will to make those first initial steps to just do it. So that is my plan, to make the time and do it! I would like the world to know that I am a recently graduated illustrator who is trying to find her place in this chaotic world. A world that on its surface has a tendency to focus on negativity and differences, but in reality is so much more than that. My intention is to create pieces that people can relate to because there is so much that unifies us all if we only have the courage to see that. I want my art to have the ability to make people smile and bring some light into the world when things seem a bit gray.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Typically when I have friends visit me from out of town we split our time between going out sight seeing and staying in for game nights. Typically I’d start our days off by showing them some of my favorite coffee/ tea spots. Such as Dripp Coffee in Chino Hills, Cha for Tea at UCI, Morning Lavender in Tustin, and Sweet Elle’s in Huntington Beach. A few sights that I feel are must see’s are the Last Book Store in LA, going on a few hikes (one of my favorites is the hike to Hermit Falls), Disneyland day, Surf city USA in Huntington Beach for the beach and the bonfire at sunset and of course a drive along PCH because when you’re down here it is a must! I would also love to take them to a few of my favorite spots to get a great drink and hang out. First and foremost Goldenroad in Anaheim or Huntington Beach, Riip in Huntington Beach, Hopscotch in Downtown Fullerton, Matadors in Downtown Fullerton. I feel a bit like Buddy from Elf when he described his perfect day, but I tend to be pretty low key and love to show my friends some of my favorite things I enjoy about living in Southern California.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost my family and my friends deserve all the recognition in the world. Although I am sure that my decision to pursue an artistic career has made some of my family at times a bit nervous. However, despite that, they have done nothing but support my decision and my art from the beginning. Having their unwavering support and even their occasional input on my work means more to me then they’ll ever know. My friends and family have been truly amazing, providing words of encouragement when I feel overwhelmed, giving me little nudges or a great big push when I felt like giving up, and indulging my ever growing tea habit so that I could survive those late nights. I would also like to give an enormous thank you to my amazing teachers and professors that I have had throughout high school and college. Between long hours in the studio and countless critiques, they continued to push and guide us so that we would continue to grow and further develop our artistic abilities. I am overwhelmingly thankful for you all!