Sarah Wharton Riggle

Sarah Wharton Riggle
Creating mosaics and painting on location are my passions. I have been fortunate to pursue those interests during the last several years while living in some incredible locations and raising my 3 sons. My muse is the landscape and its flora and fauna. I began seriously pursuing art after my 2nd son was born, while living in a small town in Montana.  I have drawn or painted since I was a little girl, and studied wildlife biology in college. My work in the wildlife field enabled me to work in places where some only dream of working. Those early experiences, a deep love of nature, and exploring many wild places over my life continue to influence my work. I am drawn to the landscape and its myriad of changing light and colors. In 2003 my husband’s job transfer to the island of Kauai led to many wonderful opportunities. New terrain, wildlife, and plants were in abundance year-round, and I was fortunate to be able to paint outdoors with other kindred spirits. The landscape was vibrant and colorful, and I began the dream job of teaching watercolor painting to eager tourists.  We lived there for 10 years, and enjoyed every minute. But we were ready to get back to the mainland, and coming back did not disappoint. I was thrilled to see snowy mountains and experience “real” seasons again. Since moving to Fallon, Nevada, in 2013, I have been working primarily with dry pastels. I enjoy the marriage of painting and drawing that they provide, and the subtle nuances of color I can produce with them. I am a member of Reno Tahoe Plein Air Painters, and frequently join them to paint at a variety of inspiring locations. In addition, camping trips and travel with my husband and family have all led to glorious places that provide me with enough reference material to last a lifetime! Most recently, I have begun creating mosaics. I have always been drawn to the idea of piecing together glass and found objects into an art form. As a little girl, I loved to find pretty pieces of glass as well as shells and other trinkets from our travels. Mosaic allows me to put together these elements. I am excited by the colors and textures of glass and the ability to make something incredibly unique. The idea of turning “chaos into order” makes me happy. My goal with my work is to create a “cause for pause”—a reason to stop and look at something more closely or trigger a pleasant memory.  My hope is that people will find reason to slow down and appreciate the beauty around us. Enjoy!
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Sarah Wharton Riggle 4 Nevada Winter Sky
Nevada Winter Sky
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Sarah Wharton Riggle Happy Day
Happy Day
Sarah Wharton Riggle Granny Green
Granny Green
Sarah Wharton Riggle Down a Dusty Road
Down a Dusty Road
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Sarah Wharton Riggle
Sarah Wharton Riggle After Van Gogh
After Van Gogh
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