Colorado realist Sarah Phippen portrays the West with an understanding that comes from a deep love of the land, people and animals of the region in which she was born and raised. Sarah’s formal training began with private lessons when she was 14. Since then she has studied with prominent artists John Coleman for sculpting, and painters Jay Moore, Jim Norton, Daniel Sprick, Sandra Kaplan, and Anthony J. Ryder, each of whom deepened her understanding of oil painting, color and composition. In 2013 she was honored at the Phippen Museum Western Art Show and Sale, with the Joe Beeler CA Foundation Award, which recognizes an artist who exemplifies the quality of work and spirit of the West. In 2015 Western Art Collector honored her with an award for her body of work, and her painting “Answer the Call” was a finalist in the 2015 International ARC Salon.
A multi-facet artist, Phippen like her grandfather sculptor, painter and founder of the Cowboy Artists of America George Phippen, appreciates the grace of horses and holds a deep respect for the people who dedicate themselves to the Western way of life. “I grew up surrounded by livestock and wildlife,” she said. “Observing their personalities and expressions allowed me to experience their quiet moments or read trouble in their eyes. I see this heritage as part of our age-old relationship with animals; it is part of being human, a privilege that surrounds us every day.”
In her pursuit of fine art, Phippen completed Jay Moore’s Mentorship program in 2014, worked at Joseph’s Artworks foundry, in Denver, as a wax chaser; assisted on the 2015 Happy Birthday George exhibit and the 2004 retrospective for George Phippen held at the Phippen Museum. She also developed art enrichment programming for elementary students.
A true western artist at heart, Phippen maintains memberships to not only the Art Students League of Denver but also to the Colorado Farm Bureau. “Communicating emotions in a visual language, either in painting or sculpture, requires a fluency in light, color and form, as well as patient observation,” she said. “Observe, and observe again and look for the reasons behind expressions. How—and why—does a horse smile? That’s what I’m after.”
“Most of my paintings feature the horses, cattle, and people of today’s American west. I am drawn to those moments that reveal a relationship between the individuals to the land, person to animal, animal to animal, individual to viewer. For me, every person and animal is an individual worth knowing, and every landscape someone’s home.”
Education: Painting the Full Moon, V. Vaughn workshop, San Louis Valley, CO, 2016; Jay Moore’s Mentorship Program, Parker, CO, 2014; Children’s Book Illustration I, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Denver, CO, 2013; Workshop with Daniel Sprick, Art Students League of Denver, CO, 2013; Painting Horses from Life, Jim Norton, Lyman, WY, 2012; The Atelier at Castle Rock, Dianne Rappisi, Castle Rock, CO, 2012; Color Through the Back Door, Sandra Kaplan, ASLD, CO, 2011; Sculpture workshop with Valantin Okorokov, ASLD, CO, 2010; Anthony J. Ryder in Santa Fe, NM, 2009; Plein air workshop, Doug Dawson, ASLD, CO, 2008; Sculpture, John Coleman, Scottsdale Art School, Scottsdale, AZ, 2006; Various drawing, watercolor and oil painting classes at Valorie Snyder Studio, CO, 1995-2006.
Awards & Honors: Finalist, “Answering the Call,” 2015 International ARC Salon; Best of Show, “Answering the Call,” Home on the Ranch, Desert Caballeros Museum, Wickenburg, AZ, 2014; 2nd place oil painting, “Dry Run,” Phippen Museum Memorial Day Western Art Show and Sale, Prescott, AZ, 2014; Joe Beeler Cowboy Artist Foundation Award, “Rusty,” Phippen Museum Memorial Day Western Art Show and Sale, Prescott, AZ, 2013; Honorable mention, “Mid-Morning Snack,” Ex Arte Equinus 5 International Equine Art Competition, The Art Horse Magazine, Beaumont, TX, 2012; Honorable mention, “Waking” (bronze sculpture), Lone Tree Art Exhibition, Lone Tree, CO, 2010; Castle Rock Art on the Street Banner, “Hey, There!”, Castle Rock, CO, 2008.
Selected Publications: Sarah Phippen, Dustin Payne: Western Heritage lives on at the Mountain Trails Gallery, Kudos, March 5-11, 2014; Horses of a Different Breed. Western Art Collector show preview, Horses of a different breed, with Dustin Payne, Iss.76, p. 138, March 2014; “Mid-morning Snack”. The Art Horse Magazine, Ex Arte Equinus 5 International Equine Art Competition, 2012.
Selected Exhibitions: Solo Shows - Hats and Hooves, Stanton Gallery, Town Hall Art Center, Littleton, CO, 2016; Pleasant Pastures, Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, Castle Rock, CO, 2015. Two Person Shows - Dustin Payne and Sarah Phippen: the Best of the West, Mountain Trails Galleries, Sedona, AZ, 2014; Invitational Shows - The Horse in Fine Art. Spindletop Hall, Lexington, KY, 2016; Hold Your Horses. Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ, 2014; Generations. Exhibit at Phippen Museum, AZ, 2011.Juried Shows - Cattlemen’s Western Art Show and Sale. Paso Robles, CA, 2016; OPA National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, St Augustine, FL, 2015; 2015 International ARC Salon; American Academy of Equine Art, Fall Open Juried Exhibition, Lexington, KT, 2015; Heart of the West, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 2015; Cattlemen’s Western Art Show and Sale. Paso Robles, CA, 2014; Mountain Oysters Show and Sale, Tucson, AZ, 2014.
Selected Collections: The Phippen Museum of Western Art permanent Collection, “Rusty,” Acquired 2014; Holly and Peter H. Blair Jr.; John and Sue Coleman; Jean Gaeddert; Jim and Susan Hunt; Joan and Jerry Johnson; Herbert A. Lassiter; Charles Ramay; Tony and Kim Villalpando; Ken and Deanna Zylstra; Other private collections.
Representation: Mountain Trails Gallery. Sedona, AZ.