Sara Sniderhan

Sara credits a physical move from Toronto for moves she’s been making artistically.

June 22, 2021 | | Artist in Residence

The slick black of a deep lake or the smudgy blue of a shirtsleeve might be the first thing to catch your eye. But focus on a face in a work by Sara Sniderhan, and it’s hard not to linger there and obsess over who they are and what they’re thinking about. “I’m consumed by portraying emotion and the human condition,” says the Mulmur figurative realist. Sara credits a physical move from Toronto (see At Home in the Hills) for moves she’s been making artistically. For one, being surrounded by nature has led to more of it on her canvases. And more of the people in front of those landscapes are there by commission; her portrait business is thriving. “If anything, it’s made me a better painter,” she says. Find Sara at ssniderhan.com and @sara_sniderhan on Instagram

Algonquin Bride 60" x 48" oil on wood ~ by Sara Sniderhan

Algonquin Bride 60″ x 48″ oil on wood ~ by Sara Sniderhan

All Here 28" x 32" oil on canvas ~ by Sara Sniderhan

All Here 28″ x 32″ oil on canvas ~ by Sara Sniderhan

Jackson at 14 9" x 12" oil, gold leaf on wood ~ by Sara Sniderhan

Jackson at 14 9″ x 12″ oil, gold leaf on wood ~ by Sara Sniderhan

Life painting demo 8" x 10" oil on canvas ~ by Sara Sniderhan

Life painting demo 8″ x 10″ oil on canvas ~ by Sara Sniderhan

Portrait of a Young Artist 16" and 20" oil on canvas ~ by Sara Sniderhan

Portrait of a Young Artist 16″ and 20″ oil on canvas ~ by Sara Sniderhan

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Tralee Pearce is an associate editor of In The Hills Magazine.

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