Artist Statement/Bio


Sarah S. Curley was educated in the East, worked in Manhattan for 10 years, and moved to the Midwest and, later, Arizona where she currently resides.  At an early age, she began an exploration of photography and painting.  Initially focusing on realism to express her connection with nature, she has progressed to abstract art as a means for her expression of, and interaction with, form, color, texture, and line.

The experience of moving beyond personal loss has been at the core of her work for many years.  She has found that creating compositions, initially without camera optics, has helped her to understand the emotions involved with loss, and to move beyond them.  The color blue has been the unifying element in her recent body of work “Grief to Renewal; A Trilogy.”  The color blue may evoke feelings of depression, loneliness, and that which is unknown.  However, the color may also reflect, along with the use of pastels or colored pencils, acceptance of loss, joy, and hope.  Her images evolve from a dark, murky ocean feel to light, nuanced designs representing an evolving spirit.

Over the years, she has been in a number of international, national, regional, and local juried shows.  In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2022 her work has been exhibited in “Light Sensitive,” an International, Juried Exhibition, featuring alternative photographic processes, at Art Intersection Gallery, Gilbert, Arizona. In 2014, her work was selected to be exhibited in the 18th Annual “Lines Into Shapes” National Juried Art Show & Sale, at the Art Center of Estes Park, Estes Park, Colorado.  In 2015, she was part of the “Force of Nature” Juried Show at the Shemer Art Center and Museum, Phoenix, Arizona.  She was the solo exhibiting artist at the University Club, Phoenix, Arizona, with 30 landscape and inkjet prints of cyanotype-on-silk fabric on display and for sale during May and June of 2016.  From November 2017, through February 2020, she was a juried artist at The Gallery at el Pedregal, Scottsdale, Arizona.  From March to November, 2020, she had a solo exhibition at Alliance Francaise of Greater Phoenix, Scottsdale, Arizona.  She is currently an exhibiting artist, through June 2023, at The Finer Arts Gallery, 6137 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ  85331.

She is a juried member (alternative photography) of the Sonoran Arts League, Cave Creek, AZ; a charter member of the Arizona Photography Alliance, Phoenix, Arizona; a sponsoring member of the Art Intersection Gallery, Gilbert, Arizona; a member of Medium Photo, San Diego, California; and a member photographer of the  Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA.

The website for her body of work “Grief to Renewal; A Trilogy,” is

Her current work may be viewed at

The website for The Finer Arts Gallery is

She will be participating in the Hidden in the Hills 26th Annual Artist Studio Tour on November 18, 19, and 20 and November 25, 26, and 27, 2022. For more information about the Artist Studio Tour, see

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