Modern Icons: Faces, Symbolism, Halos

Stream in the Desert painting by Sara Drescher Braswell

“Stream in the Desert” mixed media 36×48 ©Sara Drescher Braswell-avialable

Sara’s art is full of symbolism, so each piece tells a story.

Award winning artist, Sara Drescher Braswell, paints using watercolor, mixed media, and acrylic.
She creates her artwork to convey an idea or story using figures and symbolism.  Symbols can be interpreted in different ways depending on the viewer, but Sara creates her pieces with a specific theme in mind.  Her artwork is based on religious themes in a tradition that goes back thousands of years (i.e Byzantine Icons, Leonardo da Vinci and Michaelanglo).  The halos, or golden circles, tie the contemporary ideas to the tradition icons.   Sara researches symbols, mostly Judeo-Christian, and incorporates these symbols into her paintings.
The newest evolution in Sara’s artwork explores the range of imagery and texture that mixed media can create.  Themes of the heavenly and the mundane run through each piece and series.  Images of outer space and landscapes juxtaposed with figures are the foundation for her newest work. The infinite possibilities of space and the grounded familiarity of the landscapes nourish ideas that she is interested to explore in her art.

Sara Drescher Braswell has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Texas School of Art.  She has been working as a professional artist for over 10 years and has shown her work in several states. Her work has been recognized in local juried art shows many times with a Best In Show award at the “Fem Fantastico” show at the University of Texas Permian Basin in 2010 and at the OAA Spring Juried Art Exhibit in 2014. Sara was the Distinguished Artist at the “Celebration of the Arts” 2012 in Midland, the “Library Artist” in residence in 2014, and she was the artist in residence at the Museum of the Southwest Children’s Museum in 2006.  She is on the board of the Midland Arts Association and has chaired several of their juried exhibits.  Sara is also very involved in the local art coop, Artizen, where she teaches watercolor to adults.
Currently, she lives in Texas with her husband, Damon.  When she is not in her studio painting, she loves searching antique malls and flea market for fun vintage stuff and 1980s toys.