Sarah McRae Morton

Sarah McRae Morton, Wave Break, 2019, Oil on linen, 36 x 48 inches
Sarah McRae Morton, Wave Break, 2019, Oil on linen, 36 x 48 inches

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Sarah McRae Morton, Crown, 2018, Oil on linen, 35 x 35 inches

Sarah McRae Morton in American Art Collector Magazine

December 14, 2018

Sarah McRae Morton feature din December 2018 issue of American Art Collector Magazine

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Sarah McRae Morton on Art Watch Radio

December 12, 2018

Painter, Sarah McRae Morton and Director of Somerville Manning Gallery, Rebecca Moore talk about McRae Morton's solo exhibition.

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Artist Panel Discussion – Art History Influencing the Creative Process

September 24, 2017

Artist Panel Discussion - Art History Influencing the Creative Process Thursday, September 28th 6 PM

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About

Sarah McRae Morton grew up painting in a barn loft in Lancaster Pennsylvania. She currently lives and works between the US and Cologne, Germany. She attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and trained under artists Myron Barnstone in Coplay, Pennsylvania and Odd Nerdrum in Norway. She has received fellowships to pursue gusts of curiosity in art historical research in Europe and to attend residency programs such as Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, and the Vermont Studio Center.

Morton’s paintings are invented portraits of her ancestors and historical figures – people from her own life, from books and paintings, and from her travels and stories learned. Her work has drawn from time immersed in landscapes from the coal fields of Appalachia to the wilderness of the North West, to the history steeped and cobble streets of Paris, where history- the written, the natural, and the told around campfires and cafe tables informs her paintings. The events and people illustrated are not bound by time or fact but are imbued with ghosts and artifacts from cross sections of history. Sarah’s work is wildly romantic, with an earthy palate and energetic movement around the canvas that quiets on key moments – detailed renderings of the face of a bear, the lips of a lover, the fox stole around a poet’s neck. The paintings seem to flicker to life with her spirited brush strokes.