We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarelyn Wager and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarelyn, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I am a ninety-three-year old native Los Angeles artist who has been painting since I was old enough to hold a brush. Color is my language. My paintings represent my curiosity about people and capture the goodness in humanity.
Art is my life blood, something that I live and breathe. It was not a decision to become an artist, it is who I am.
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
What sets me apart is my expressive style. Using oil paint allows me to continue to evolve a painting over time. I love the smell of oil paint, it is as luscious as dark chocolate.
Living near the sea, I enjoy the sound of ocean waves and serenity of the calm and ever-changing cerulean water. It permeates my unconscious and is reflected in my figurative paintings. I walk frequently on the sand at low tide, emotions filling my body and soul, which I infuse into my work.
Art lovers interpret my work in their own way, I do not need to explain it. I feel strongly that my paintings speak for themselves.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them to the LA Farmer’s Market where I have sat and sketched people for many years. Museums: LACMA, MOCA, Getty, Skirball, Bergamot Station
Gjusta Restaurant in Venice.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to thank Abe Packer, a relative who painted a peacock and sparked the idea that I could paint anything. This led to my love of painting and I entered the Chouinard Art Institute for formal art training as a young person. I admire Picasso, Matisse, Charles Garabedian and was told I put paint on the canvas like Bonnard.