Sara Vanderbeek is renowned for her “Portraits of the Artists” series, highlighting artists who have served as inspirations, such as Chuck Close, Lesley Dill, and Trenton Doyle. However, she cites one of her greatest inspirations as depression-era painter Alice Neil.
“Probably my greatest inspiration is a painter named Alice Neil she was alive from about 1900 to 1980-something and painted people, and just was incredible with people and getting emotion out of her subjects, and they’re just beautiful paintings.”
Sara is moved, like Alice to capture the emotions her subjects, often “captivated by their endless emotional complexity”. As a full time painter, Sara says being able to dedicate her efforts solely to her craft has been an incredible experience. Historically, artists such as Alice Neil gained support from government initiatives during the depression era to sustain their works, while Sara is able to sustain herself from her art alone.
“It’s really exciting for me to be a woman right now in this point and time in post-feminism era, because I feel like women are being taken more seriously now.”
To learn more about Sara Vanderbeek, read her bio here.