About the Artist

Herring Under the Kayak-Perfect Timing o/c 34 X 24

Sarah Knock is represented by Greenhut Galleries in Portland, ME where she has had numerous solo exhibits.  Her work has also been exhibited at the Colby College Museum of Art, the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Museum, the Penobscot Marine Museum, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.  She is the recipient of an individual fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission and Carina House Residency on Monhegan Island and her work is part of the collections of MBNA, L.L. Bean, TD Banknorth and others.

Her paintings have been represented in the following books: Paintings of Maine, The Art of Monhegan Island, and The Art of Maine in Winter.  She was featured in the July 2004 Down East Magazine article entitled, "The Beguiling Waterscapes of Freeport’s Sarah Knock" and was included in a Maine Home & Design article entitled, "Artists at Large, The Canvas" by Carl Little.  Her 2009 solo exhibit at Greenhut Galleries was reviewed by Stephen May in the October 2009 edition of Art News and her work has been selected for two Portland Museum of Art Biennial Exhibitions.

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Sarah's Process

I am extremely fortunate to live on Maquoit Bay on the coast of Maine. Through kayaking, I have direct access to the surrounding islands that are fairly isolated, quiet and beautiful. Being a few inches above the water gives me a unique perspective of its surface and reflections. I love going out early with a thermos of coffee, my sketchbook and my camera to hunt for ideas that I can develop later in my studio. When I see an interesting composition of patterns and color, I have to note them quickly as the tidal currents and breezes constantly change the position of my boat and my point of view. This process is almost meditative—floating, drifting, paddling, exploring, listening to gulls and seals, smelling the salty air.

My oil paintings take several weeks and sometimes months to complete. I love the slow, quiet process of sketching, drawing on the canvas and developing color relationships.

People have said that they see water and reflections in a new way after viewing my work.