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From Sarah:
“My main focus is landscape painting and I specialize in watercolor, gouache, and water-mixable oil painting. As a self-taught painter, I remember the struggle of “learning how to learn” and growing my skills, so this site is dedicated to that very topic. Getting over our fears and pursuing our dreams!”

View work available for purchase at the Scotland Art Gallery in Glasgow

Sarah Burns, landscape artist in the Scottish Highlands.




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  • (b. 1985)
    Sarah grew up in in the countryside of upstate New York, spending the majority of her time outdoors playing in the woods and at school playing team sports.

  • (2003) At 18, she moved to Alfred, NY to attend the New York State Collage of Art and Ceramics at Alfred University, where she was trained in the bauhaus tradition.

    The emphasis on learning by experience had a profound impact on her psyche and art, and would later carry her through years of self study.

  • (2007) After graduating from Alfred University, Sarah moved to Denver to pursue a degree in Sustainable Interior Design at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.

    Through studying biophilic design, Sarah’s connection to nature grew deeper.

  • (2010) Sarah graduated as Valedictorian and entered the design industry, working at various firms for the next five years.

    It was around this time that Sarah’s passion for photography grew, and while working full time she pursued this passion on nights and weekends.

  • By 2014, her photography appeared in several renowned bridal publications, including The Knot, one of the United State’s most prominent magazines in the wedding industry. At this point Sarah’s passion had flourished into a booming photography business, and she began maxing out her vacation days at work in order to shoot weddings and events.

  • As 2015 approached, Sarah stumbled upon another passion, one that had been brewing under the surface since childhood. She began painting. Although classically trained in drawing and design, expressive painting quickly became her favorite form of self expression.

  • By mid-2015 Sarah quit her design job to pursue her photography and painting. She began supporting herself through a variety of active and passive art-related income strategies, primarily online.

  • Since then, Sarah has been painting almost daily, seeking to improve her skills. Along the way, she has been helping countless people through her Skillshare classes, her monthly tutorial subscription service (Patreon), and making free video content for her YouTube channel.