Sara Ladds grew up in New York City, attended the High School of Music & Art, majoring in art and
was a regular at The Art Student’s League and 92nd Street Y, now an exciting and thriving arts community. She moved to Rhode Island to attend Rhode Island School of Design and received a BFA in graphic design. She proceeded to spent many years as an award-winning graphic designer. She was owner of Bachleitner Design which served clients in civic and institutional arenas, retail and private businesses that included architecture, interiors, and lighting design. In 2005, she closed her business to work for Brown University as Art Director for many years. In 2012 she moved to the beautiful coastal town of Little Compton where she began to rethink her life’s work and decided to fulfill a long-time dream of being a full-time painter.

One can see the influence of her many years as a designer in her paintings. She often manipulates digital photography and combines the images with paint, ink, pencil and resin to create a controlled interpretation of nature. She has always been attracted to the geometry in the world around us where when closely examined, everything is a series of simple, basic shapes. There is a repetitive order to what can often seem random or even chaotic. This juxtaposition of elements is what she tries to manifest in her work.

Her paintings challenge the viewer to decipher the abstract into meaning. Recognizable images are combined with abstract textures to create a unified idea and message. Each painting has its own story.
Some are a personal reflection of her life and some are highly focused observations of the world outside herself. She sees nature as abstract formal imagery and painting is a way to organize what she wants
to say in response to what she sees.

Sara is currently a member of the South Coast Artist organization, a juror for RISCA design grant applications, and exhibits her work at the Art Cafe in Little Compton and Studio Hop in Providence,
Rhode Island.

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