I'd like to introduce you to another wonderful person! Today we are going to get to know artist and illustrator Sarah Clement. Please enjoy the interview below and then make sure you check out her current 30 day challenge on her Instagram account. She is creating specimen drawings in jars and I am in love with all of them!
Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?
I am a nature lover, artist/illustrator, adventurer and dreamer. I live in Vancouver, on the beautiful Westcoast of Canada. I spend a lot of time drawing, taking photos and observing the world around me.
What do you believe in?
I believe in the power and necessity of creativity. I think everyone has a creative spark in them, but it is a choice to nurture that spark or not. If I am not nurturing that spark, I don't' feel like myself. For me, I feel that creativity is a lens through which I view the world. I try to find the beauty in the details. I gain a lot of inspiration from nature, and though observing the world around me I slow down and really pay attention. As much as I am a perfectionist and can find myself getting totally obsessed with the details, I think it's important to zoom the lens out and change your perspective. Which brings me to another thing I believe strongly about. Fear, and looking at it square in the eyes. Getting outside of your comfort zone opens up possibilities you never even knew existed. It's a constant struggle to remember, but I really do believe that all your dreams are waiting on the other side of fear.
When do you feel your most wonderful?
Well, I'd have to say that I feel the most wonderful when I'm swimming in the ocean. At one of the awesome beaches on the Sunshine Coast where the water is clear, clean and there's an amazing sandbar. Other than that, I feel wonderful when I feel like I'm taking care of my body through yoga or running, feeding my creativity with art-making and feeding my soul by spending time with amazing friends or family.
What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn somewhere?
I remember struggling a lot with the decision to go into the design program at Emily Carr after I finished my Fine Arts diploma a t Langara College. It really wasn't the right fit and it was a very emotionally challenging year for me. I felt like I needed to follow that path (it seemed much more practical!), but at the same time, a part of me longed for something else. Had I taken a wrong turn? I ended up jumping ship and heading back to the Fine Arts program where I got to draw, printmake and explore my art more. It was a good move. Yet, had I not taken that year of design, I wouldn't have the met some of the most awesome, wonderful, creative friends a person could ask for. Friends who are still an immense source of positivity and inspiration in my life. I don't believe in regrets, and really there are no wrong turns.
I love observing light and shadow in the world, like the way the sunlight can travel thousands of kilometres to the plant at the windowsill and cast a pattern of tangled leaves on the wall. The shadows define the light, and the light defines the shadows. So it is in life.
What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder? When was the most recent time?
A lot of my fondest memories from childhood are of being outside. Whether on an epic camping trip or just going in a hike through the forest around my Dad's house. I don't remember a specific moment, but I've always been in awe of the natural world.
Every summer, when I go swimming off the Sunshine Coast I swim to the sandy bottom and look back up to see the light stream down through the water. It is there, suspended, weightless, free that the beauty and interconnectedness of the world becomes more clear, and I am wide-eyed with awe.
I found a great quote (and a very fitting one!) the other day:
"The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world".-G.K. Chesterton
Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about. Why are they wonderful?
Patrick Watson, Musician
Ok, well I don't know him personally, but I feel like his music invokes a sense of awe. Especially when his music is paired with Neil deGrasse Tyson narrating 'The most astounding fact' video. Check it out here.
Andrea Wan, Illustrator
My friend, illustrator-extraordinaire: Andrea Wan. She makes fantastical, surrealist images that are both thought-provoking and beautiful to look at.
Carson Ellis, Illustrator
She's an illustrator based out of Portland, Oregon and she makes the most wonderful art! So beautifully composed, great use of pattern and colour.