About Sarah

Artist’s Statement

My paintings are a window on our world; serious, humorous, grotesque and serene. They are an observation and a passion, an escape and a commitment.

Sarah Gerould
Some paintings use the expressiveness of vegetables to narrate, in a darkly humorous way, stories of the human condition. I sometimes write accompanying poems or narratives, though I encourage viewers to find their own stories within the paintings. My landscapes and creatures are an escape back to places I've been, and a commitment to the natural world I love so well.

Artist’s Bio

Throughout my life, I have sought mixes of art and the natural world. At Antioch College, I studied art, biology and geology. While pursuing an MS in entomology, I illustrated scientific manuscripts, and co-produced a video on Insects in the Arts. During and following my Ph.D. in environmental toxicology, my creative efforts focused on fiber arts: sweaters, rugs and table linens.

“Oh, the things we’ve seen.”
I worked for U.S. Geological Survey, retiring as Chief of Staff in the Ecosystems Mission Area in 2015. Upon retirement, I moved to the Boston area, eventually settling in Medford.

I began painting in 1997, first in watercolors, and then in oils starting in 2009. I often bring marbling, printing, mosaic and collage techniques into my work. I started showing in 1999, and had my first solo show in 2001.

In workshop and class settings, I studied painting under Jill Banks, Maud Taber-Thomas, Christine Lashley, Gavin Glakas, Lassie Corbet, and Arnold Lopes while living in Virginia. Since moving to Massachusetts, I have studied under Alexandra Rosenman, Judith Prager, Diane Novetsky, Todd Bonita, Alastair Dacy, and Chris Volpe.

B.A. Antioch College 1975
M.S. Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison 1978
Ph.D. Cornell University 1986

Selected works

Dance the Samba


Chincoteague Falls


The Fen