ABOUT: SARAH J. BLANKENSHIP
I've loved art for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I remember toting my dad's old briefcase full of art supplies around with me on vacation to draw different sights. My mom would take art classes with me and organize creative projects from craft painting to ceramics.
Mesmorized by the movie Toy Story, I went to the Savannah College of Art & Design (1998-2002) to earn a degree in Computer Art so I could create similar animations. It turned out that cartoon work wasn't my forte; but a new passion emerged during my time living in Savannah, Georgia. Historic buildings were everywhere, and I fell in love with the craftsmanship and detailing, they were truly works of art! A degree in Historic Preservation and a minor in Computer Art was the result of the newfound love.
For the last 13 years, I have worked for the Texas Historical Commission's Main Street Program. Through computer renderings and technical advice, I have assisted building and business owners on how to respectfully adapt their historic buildings for current uses. A Main Street city resident myself, I have helped implement successful Main Street practices as a board member of Georgetown, Texas' Main Street Program and Architectural Review Commission. A favorite, well known project of mine was the design and painting of a downtown mural on the Georgetown square. This work was done while volunteering with Georgetown's Main Street Program.
In 2006-2007, I took a hiatus from the Texas Main Street Program to work with my passions for painting with a company called In Your Space. The company specialized in custom wall finishes, artwork, murals, and furniture finishes.
This hiatus was fulfilling, but lasted only a year due to my pregnancy with my first child (the fumes and heights of a painting job were not conducive to pregnancy). Since then, our family has grown to include two children, and I have fully enjoyed exploring art mediums and artists with them. I hope to teach workshops or summer camps for children in the future.
Now, I'm enjoying taking on new art projects— from murals, children's rooms, graphic design, sign painting, commercial interiors, to canvas commissions. Please contact me if you have a project in mind and let's make it happen!