Studio Visit Book Vol. 1


Sara Glupker

About the Artist

Sara Glupker is a painter who works out of her studio in rural Michigan. She earned her B.F.A. in Painting from Western Michigan University in 2005 and has been working as an artist for the past 15 years. Sara enjoys painting with acrylic, watercolor and oil paint and her paintings are described as colorful, whimsical and representational of flowers and nature. Sara’s paintings reside in many private and corporate collections including the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and Bronson Methodist Hospital of greater Kalamazoo, MI- who own over 50 of Sara’s paintings among multiple healthcare locations. Sara’s studio, named Cherry Tree Art Studio, is adjacent to her home and was built on special family property that was once a cherry orchard. Sara finds her inspiration being in the woods or running on trails outdoors and she enjoys telling stories with her paintings. Sara is a mother to three budding artists and enjoys creating with her daughters. In her spare time, she likes to run, read, be in her garden, bake, cook, sew, bike and swim. Sara’s work can be viewed and purchased on her website: and her studio is open year-round by appointment.

Artist Statement

I believe that as human beings we need to create and use our hands. For me, my favorite way to create is to use paint and a brush or palette knife. I love how the paint glides over the surface, whether it is smooth or a bumpy canvas. I am drawn to nature as a subject matter, I love the shapes of nature, the colors and the textures. I am particularly drawn to flowers at this moment. I love all of the cultural symbols that flowers represent: femininity, beauty, individualism.  I love how different flowers can symbolize different ideas like love, freedom and friendship. I am also very drawn to color and how different colors soothe while other colors spark action and excitement. I love to experiment with colors and combinations of colors in my paintings. At my core, I believe that art heals both the creator and the viewer. Painting not only makes my heart sing but it is a salve for my soul. I have used the time in the last year and a half in my studio to explore this idea of art and healing and have allowed my artwork to take me deeper into my healing journey. It has been an incredible adventure that has rewarded me so much. It is my hope that this pouring of love, energy and healing into my works is absorbed into the canvas and is later received by the viewer.

What is your “Dreamland” ?

My “Dreamland” can be described as a place I escape to when I close my eyes. I might be dreaming of sitting in my Grandmother’s yard, underneath a clothesline full of fresh linens or could be dreaming of my childhood camping under an intense starry sky, kissed by the glowing embers of the Northern Lights. I might use this moment of dreaming to think fondly of my former family members who have passed, that I miss so much in that moment. They are present and with me in these dreamscapes. My “Dreamland” is also a happy place where I think of a brighter future. I dream of all the possibilities in my life and about what could unfold in my world as and artist and creative person. I dream of my family’s future cottage, traveling adventures or creative projects that I’m aspiring to pursue.

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