Gulfport Moon

Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project

The Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project records and preserves the voices of women visual artists in Iowa reflecting on their lives and their artwork. In 1998, creator and director Jane Robinette began interviewing Iowa women artists about their experiences and art practices. The interviews cover family and personal history, education, development as an artist, artwork, creative process, influences, and more. The Daily Palette is pleased to present excerpts of the Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project's 2008 updates that Robinette collected from the Project artists who were interviewed nine or ten years ago. Visit the Iowa Women Artists Oral History Project's website.

Gulfport Moon, giclee print, 20" x 27", 2008

Sara Ellen Slee Brown was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1945. She is the second of four children. She grew up mainly in Michigan, first in Hastings, then in Ann Arbor. She earned her B.F.A. from the University of Michigan in 1968, and her M.A. (1980) and M.F.A. in Painting (1981) from the University of Iowa. She is married with two children. She works in mixed media, including gouache and colored pencil, as well as painting with oil.

How has your artwork changed in the last ten years?
When I resumed making artwork in 2000 I was somewhat unfocused. Then I read an article about a photographer who had begun using a flatbed scanner to take pictures of flowers with beautiful results.  I was intrigued with this idea and so began to experiment with the technique myself as I already had all of the necessary equipment. I soon became enchanted with the method and results I was able to produce with this new medium. I have been making my art using it ever since.

What motivates you to continue making art?
Making art is the one activity that allows me to express myself in a deeply satisfying way.  Being in the flow of creativity is completely satisfying.

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