Sara's love and appreciation for art started at a very young age. Her childhood dream was to one day become a lion, but when she realized that wasn’t the most attainable goal she settled for drawing them instead. Graphite as a medium was her first love and she filled sketchbooks with animals, people, and landscapes. More recently she has enjoyed discovering all the unique possibilities different mediums have to offer. Her newest explorations include soft pastels. She appreciates the special nuances and techniques that come along with each individual medium.
In addition to art, Sara has always had a passion for playing sports, traveling, and learning about other cultures. She had the time of her life playing college soccer and studying abroad in Peru while at UW Oshkosh. Her travel and sports team experiences are often reflected in the artwork she creates.
Sara graduated in 2010 with a double major in Marketing and Spanish and minor in Global Business. She currently lives with her husband and K-9 fur baby in Wisconsin, and works in a Marketing role.
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Sarah Becktel grew up in the suburbs of Southern New Jersey and began drawing and painting at a very young age. At age 10, she began studying classical realism and found her calling as a representational artist. Sarah graduated from the Tyler School of Art with a BFA in painting, and afterwards, continued her studies of figurative drawing and painting. Sarah's focus is contemporary realism and she has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions across the United States. She currently resides in Jersey City, NJ and works out of her studio in Newark, NJ.
When Sarah is not working in her studio, she is educating artists and students about art materials. She works as an Artist Educator for Strathmore Artist Paper and Gamblin Artists Colors, and currently serves as Product Research Director for the Colored Pencil Society of America. Sarah is also a member of ASTM International's subcommittee for artist materials, where she helps to maintain and revise standards related to colored pencils and lightfastness.
Sarah's artwork can be seen at her website www.sarahbecktel.com.