Born in Mankato, Minnesota in 1997, Sarah Oas grew up on a hobby farm with one brother and three sisters. She was homeschooled until her junior year of highschool, when she began attending Bethany through the PSEO program. Her years of studying at home created a close bond with her siblings, and Sarah frequently features them in her portraiture.
Sarah was first introduced to art by her grandma, Carol Oas. Carol is Washingtonian artist whose acrylic paintings focus on the landscape and animals of her state. Sarah loved collecting her grandma’s work, and it was what first inspired her to try her hand at art. Her other source of inspiration was the birth of her family’s “bonus baby” when she was fifteen. The youngest by ten years, Hannah Oas captured the hearts of her older siblings, and offered adorable subject matter for Sarah’s first series of portraits.
Sarah first began seriously experimenting with art during her freshman year at Bethany, when she took Drawing I. Though she never planned on becoming a painter, after taking a few classes on the subject, she was hooked. In Painting I, Sarah first tried her hand at painting a portrait. After overcoming her initial trepidation, she discovered how much she enjoyed it. Eventually she joined the Studio Art major, and she currently enjoys many forms of art, ranging from graphic design to ink drawing, but especially oil painting. In her current series, Sarah combines her loves of portraiture and family. Throughout this work, she hopes to share the people most important in her life, and reveal the love and connection of family.