Below is a Q&A with Sarah Fogg, Cornerstone’s artist of the month for November 2016.
Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.
I grew up in the area and went to Penn State as an Art Education major. Penn State is where I started exploring oil paint as a medium and the professors there pushed me to try new things. After those art classes, I fell in love with oil painting and now it’s my preferred medium of choice.
How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?
Oil paint has become my favorite because of the range of colors it is able to produce. I like the way I am able to paint using different layers and techniques to show depth in my art.
Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?
I have always been inspired by what is around me. Most of my paintings are based off of photographs from my travels to beautiful places. I am also inspired by artists such as Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh because when you see their art up close, you can see the brush strokes and emotion that the artist put into their work.
Do you have a favorite piece in your portfolio?
My favorite piece is one I did in college for an assignment. It is a 4ft by 6ft painting of a sunset and a silhouette of a Ferris wheel. I love this piece because I remember painting it as a full body experience due to the size. I think the size of the painting takes the viewer into the space and allows them to see the details.
What would be your advice for artists just starting out in your medium?
Try to figure out how to use materials in your own way!