Artist Sarah Harless

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Sarah Harless draws attention to the simpler ways of life and the natural beauty of the western atmosphere provides a serene backdrop. “I like the more traditional ways of life and simplistic lifestyle when people lived off the land. We don’t get time back and it is vital to me to use my time wisely,” says the artist. “I think my artwork captures some of the old ways that are still part of a tradition and lifestyle from the earlier generations. There is an importance of the older ways of life that we seem to forget about today.” Harless pays tribute to the traditional beauty by photographing and painting the people, rain, livestock, and nature that are at the center of the natural gifts God gives us.
Harless’s use of light in her photography and painting helps highlight some the environmental attributes of the western land such as the dry dust in the air, low morning fog, or a long-awaited, oncoming rainstorm. She allows color to play a role to help express the variable mood of the scene. She explains, “Colors are similar to life. Sometimes life looks bright, sometimes it pushes and pulls you in many directions, and sometimes there are just shades of gray.”
She feels blessed to have studied under artists: Tenaya Sims, Bruce Greene, Martin Grelle, Loren Entz, Russell Case, Nancy Boren, and Susan Lyon.



In contrast to Harless’s current passion for the ”cowboy way of life,” she grew up in Oklahoma City and attended high school at Classen School of Advanced Studies where she focused on the visual arts. Harless credits her advanced technical skills and the confidence to pursue the arts as a career to Classen as well as a residency at the Quartz Mountain Summer Arts Institute during her senior year.
Harless attended college at Southwestern [...]

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