How did the Australian Artist Sarah Jane emerge in the Abstract Art World?
Well, like so many others I got caught in the rat race of life, caught in a daily routine, surviving but not living. As the big 40 was edging closer, I started to stop and think more about the direction of my life and if I was happy in my chosen career.
For 20 years I had been successful in the white collar business world and although I always gave my best, something was missing in the trail end years. That drive, that passion to go to work and do the best job possible was becoming not only a chore, but highly stressful.
So 2 years ago I turned to the internet to find an avenue to better deal with my stress, believing the fulfilment may return. Needless to say at this point I was unaware of the transformation google was about to embark on my life journey when one of the suggestions was painting and artwork.
So at the end of one hard working week I decided to test the theory. I purchased some paints and a canvas, put some old sheets on the floor of my shed, and turned on some 80s music. There I found myself singing away, whilst moving paint around not only with paint brushes and sponges but my bare hands on this blank canvas. The sense of fun and happiness that hit me was immediate as I saw this white canvas turn into a bright, bold stream of colours making me feel completely energised. I couldn’t believe how something so simple could be such a mood changer, the stress had melted away instantly and it was clear I had found my outlet, ABSTRACT ART!
As the months passed I felt more and more alive as I knew the weekends meant I could become Sarah Jane the Abstract Artist. I could step out of the serious adult world and jump into a world where my imagination had no boundaries. I loved the anticipation and excitement of never knowing what would transpire before my eyes, what story would unfold. There was no real method to my madness, no lessons to my name, but there I was seeing things transpire in front of me and I’d just go with it.
As friends and family started to comment on my work, I started to realise that maybe I’d had a creative flair in me all along that had never been given the opportunity to be realised as the pressure to establish yourself and succeed in a professional career outweighed the theory of WHAT DO YOU REALLY ENJOY DOING and what are you passionate about?
By the end of 2015 Oprah Winfrey came to Adelaide, Australia and I was lucky enough to get tickets from a gorgeous friend who knew I was going through a transitional period. Hearing Oprah’s inspirational words was the final catalyst for me. “I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint, that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love, and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.”
There it was loud and clear. I could no longer ignore the amazing feedback I was receiving from people that saw my work and I could no longer ignore the true sense of happiness and passion I felt when seeing colour and paint. It was time to follow my heart and share the energy that Modern Art brought to the table providing a beautiful piece of Sarah Jane Artwork to all.
So I made a decision, it was time for Sarah Jane Artwork to emerge, hence Modern Detail by Sarah Jane was launched in 2016