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Thank you for visiting.  Browse through the pages; they are loosely organized by theme and media.  I plan to add more pages and images so please come back again to see a wider array of work.  I would love to hear comments and to answer any questions you may have.

It is my nature to jump back and forth between sometimes disparate projects.  I have no more control of that tendency than I do over my breathing and I plan to continue both.  An idea or a problem can catch my imagination, nag at my thoughts, tug me in different directions and to different solutions for months or years until I finally get my fill.  Obsession is a fertile ground for art and once the fire is quieted, the skills and knowledge remain to inform the next round of making and fixation.  The work I do on one project naturally informs my choices on the other projects which are in process at the same time. 

The natural world is full of strange wonders and geometries.  Natural elements such as plants, landscape and rocks are most often the starting point for my work.  Art is about the experience of life; its subject  is our thoughts, emotions, and senses.  At its best, art points out something new to the viewer such as beauty in an everyday object, symmetry in what seems like chaos, a new perspective on a social issue or anything which deepens our experience and understanding of our lives. 

I make a wide variety of fine art and craft pieces.  On the fine art end of the spectrum, I make large oil paintings, sculpture, fine art prints and photography.  On the craft side, I hand print fabric, sew quilts, make jewelry, garden and pursue whatever discipline catches my interest.  Art happens when a piece enriches our experience of life beyond the mundane. 

I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and I received my Bachelors degree in Art Practice from UC Berkeley.  I moved to New York City in 2001 to join Hunter College's Master of Fine Art program.  I currently live in Orange County, NY with my husband and son. 
  

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Previous events

Art & Law Discussion

Washingtonville Moffat Library (temporary location), 3348 Route 208, Campbell Hall, NY

A must for professional and aspiring artists! Gary M. Schuster, Esq. of Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP, will discuss copyright and other legal issues relevant to artists. Presented by the Washingtonville Artist Collective and co-sponsored by the Goshen Art League and the Orange County Arts Council. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to sarah@fortnerpierson.com

Member Show

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The Gallery at the Green Onion, Greycourt Ave, Chester, NY

The gallery is a unique setting combining organic farm market with cultural esthetic of area artists.

Featuring paintings by Olivia Baldwin, Mary Altobelli, James Antonie, Sarah Fortner Pierson, Tom Weigel, Polly Rainer and Sue Hito.

Reception September 16th 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Art Practice Club of Washingtonville

Washingtonville, NY 10992

This is a club for professional and aspiring artists to participate in friendly critique to strengthen and develop each individual's work. All media and styles welcome. Meetings are once a month, usually on the first Sunday of every month at 3:00 PM. Email for more details and location.

Goshen Tent Art Walk

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Main Street, Goshen, NY 10924

Stroll Main Street in Goshen and view art work, talk to local authors, listen to live music and taste delicious food in individual tents all along the street. Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic and illuminated by street lights. Join us for a wonderful summer evening!

Apr3

Washingtonville Art Club

Washingtonville, NY

The Art Club is a local community for professional and aspiring artists of all media. Meetings are once a month and focus on positive and serious critique to deepen and develop each artist's abilities. For April's meeting, artists are encouraged to bring a piece relating to "Renewal."