About Contemporary Artist Sara Richardson

Contemporary artist Sara Richardson

Zero to 60 in Moments

I wasn’t born with a brush in my hand nor did I start drawing when I was 3. I grew up in a small mid-western town where art was not really essential (at the time) which meant I had a late start compared to some of my colleagues.

It was my 3rd year in college when I suddenly learned I had a talent for painting. Some of my personality traits helped propel me through this period in my life. I went from zero to 60 in moments and did it while battling progressive severe ulcerative colitis.

Determination with a Capital "D"

I graduated with a BFA and honors in painting and was accepted into the MFA program at University of Washington, Seattle. There was a point during this time I was becoming extremely ill and thought I would have to drop out of grad-school. I refused. I mean it – I absolutely refused. I took 3 months off, had 3 major surgeries and stubbornly insisted on returning to school as soon as I could.

Contemporary artist Sara Richardson art and artwork

Bananas, Microsoft & More

After grad-school, to fund my studio pursuits and ultimately help support my family, I worked as an interface designer that led to a stellar career in web development. I wrote for Microsoft and Yahoo, was a guest expert for Microsoft Small Business and the lead creative force behind countless companies including many big named brands such as WD-40 Company, MapMyFitness and Chiquita Bananas.

At Last...

During my web career I continued to make art, but there was always an element of unrest because of the constant divided attention between a demanding career and time in the studio. In 2012, I made one of the best decisions of my life — to return my entire focus to painting, drawing and photography. I have never been happier.


  • Master in Fine Art, Painting and Drawing
    University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Bachelor in Fine Art, Painting and Drawing
    University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • Summer Programs, Painting and Sculpture
    School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL


  • Springfield Art Museum - cash award
  • Seniors Making Art A Dale Chihuly nonprofit organization - mini grant teaching experience
  • Bellevue Arts Museum - honorable mention
  • University of Washington - tuition grant awards, TA grant
  • University of Kansas - honors exhibitions grant awards
  • University of Kansas - purchase award - first (ever) painting purchase for the university's permanent collection

Known Corporate Collections

  • Marriott Spring Hill Suites, Atlanta
  • Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2019 Williamsburg Contemporary Art - Juried Exhibition
  • 2016-2020 Saatchi Art - Curated Collections
  • 2017-2020 Artfinder - Curated Collections
  • 2019 Stryker Center, Williamsburg - Group Show
  • 2017-2018 Vango Art - Curated Collections
  • 2017 Gallerique Curated Marine Collection
  • 2016 Bella Arts, Colorado - Solo Artist
  • 2002 Brokers Building, San Diego - Group Show
  • 1997 222 Gallery, Los Angeles - Juried Exhibition
  • 1996 Springfield Art Museum - Juried Exhibition
  • 1995 Bellevue Arts Museum - Juried Exhibition
  • 1995 University of Washington - MFA Show
  • 1991-93 Various Juried Exhibitions, Kansas City
  • 1990-93 KU Honors Award Exhibitions

Gallery & Organization Affiliations

  • Galerie Elektra - Sausalito, California
  • Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center - Virginia
  • Saatchi Art, SingularArt, Artfinder