Making things changes the way you look at everything - it hones your eye towards possibility. My work does this for me. Whether a photograph, painting, essay or eCourse, I find an avenue to possibility in the things I create, and hope to inspire others to do the same. 


I come from a family of teachers, all very creative in their own right. Growing up was far from idyllic. There was chaos. Alcoholism. And then came cancer, and my mother's young passing. Nothing was ever the same. My siblings and I all seemed to make it through to pretty well-adjusted adults, much to our amazement. I like to think that those rough-and-tumble days of growing up in the harshness of the South Texas heat and family drama gave us the backbone and sense of humor we have today. 

Now firmly in my mid-thirties, I have witnessed the death of both parents and my fiance, who died in a sudden accident in 2012. I've been to the depths of myself and back again - and creativity has enabled me to continue exploring my grief for the hopeful, the beautiful, the painful, and everything in between. 

So that's a bit about me. All the fancy-sounding details can be found below. For anything else, drop me a line and ask away!


CURRICULUM VITAE

Below is my full listing of past Shows, Exhibitions, Awards and Publications

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2016   Local Artist Exhibit - Western Reserve Hospital (OH)
            Ohio Regional Showcase - Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati (OH)
            Winter/Spring Show - Mustard Seed Cafe (OH)

2015   Annual Group Exhibition - LA Artcore - Brewery Annex (CA)
            Viewings °1 - Women in the Arts - ARTROM Network (ROME, IT)
            39th Annual Photography Exhibition - Larson Gallery (WA)
            Imagine 2015 - Round Rock Area Arts Council (TX)

2014    Dimension XLII - Art Center of Corpus Christi (TX)
            Fall Photography & Sculpture Show - Round Rock Area Arts Council (TX) 
            Art in the Hills - New Braunfels Art League Gallery (TX)
            Our Best to You - Seguin Art League (TX)
            Dreams: Illusion & Fantasy - Black Box Gallery (OR)

2013   Fantasy - Seguin Art League (TX)
            Annual Photo Show - Seguin Art League (TX)

2012   Fall Show - Seguin Art League (TX)

2010   In the Wild - Darkroom Gallery (VT)
            Fall Show - Austin Gathering of Photographers (TX)
            Spring Show - Austin Gathering of Photographers (TX)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2014   3 x 3  / Guadalupe Regional Medical Center (TX)

PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS:
2016   INPHA 4 Magazine – Published in 4th International Photography Annual / Manifest Gallery
            Artist Portfolio Magazine – Published as Cover and Feature Spread.

2015   1st Place: Photography Award - Imagine 2015 / Round Rock Area Arts Council  (TX)
            Jeffrey M Reynolds Award - 39th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition / Larson Gallery (WA)

2014   Best of Show - Fall Photography & Sculpture Show / Round Rock Area Arts Council (TX)
            Book Cover - Last Psalm at Sea Level by Meg Day / Image: On the Backs of the Wild

2013   1st Place, Macro - Annual Photo Show Seguin Art League (TX)

INTERVIEWS & PRESENTATIONS:
2015   Keynote Presentation - End-of-Life University's annual online Death Expo. / 11.21.2015
            "How does Grief Affect the Creative Process?" Interview with Sevenponds 11.7.2015
            "Advice on Grief" Interview with Lucy Lambriex of Innerspacecraft. 10.24.2015
            "Still, Life: A Creative Journey of Living with Death" Presentation - Death:OK Conference / 10.16.2015
             Interview with Lucy Lambriex of Innerspacecraft. / 9.24.2015

EDUCATION:
2007   University of North Texas / Bachelor of Fine Arts – Communication Design 


PRESS & FEATURES

Below is my full listing of past Interviews, Presentations, and Features.

Presentations:

"Still, Life: A Creative Journey of Living with Death" presented at the Death:OK Conference
Portland, OR  /  10.16.2015
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Keynote Speaker for End-of-Life University's annual online Death Expo.
11.21.2015
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Online INTERVIEWS:

"Advice on Grief" with Lucy Lambriex of Innerspacecraft. 10.24.2015   
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"How does Grief Affect the Creative Process? - Part 1" / 11.7.2015
Part one of an interview with SevenPonds on grief and creativity. 
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"How does Grief Affect the Creative Process? - Part 2" / 11.14.2015
Part two of an interview with SevenPonds on grief and creativity.
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ONLINE Features:

CONFESSIONS OF A FUNERAL DIRECTOR: 11.28.2014
"21 Self Portraits of Living after Loss" by Caleb Wilde
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VISUAL NEWS  /   11.18.2014
"Touching Self-portraits Document the Psychological Journey of Grieving Death" by Justin Crowe
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DESIGN FAVES  /   11.17.2014
"Powerful Self-portraits Help People Through the Journey of Griefby Justin Crowe
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DesignTAXI  /   11.20.2014
"Photographer Takes Moving Self-Portraits to Cope with her Fiance's Death" by Jillian Wong
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UFUNK/  11.19.2014
"The Touching Self Portraits of Sarah Treanor" 
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PUBLICATION Features:

Artist Portfolio Magazine  /   Interview, main feature & cover image
"Sanctuary" selected as Cover Art for Issue 24 of Artist Portfolio Magazine as well as a feature interview and selection of images displayed from my "Still, Life" series.

UPCOMING:
INPHA 4  /  Featured in Manifest Gallery's Fourth International Photography Annual, to be published summer of 2016.


KIND WORDS about my WORK

“Your images give voice to the usually voiceless emotions of grief and transition. Beautiful. Captivating. Eerie. Gut-wrenching. Amazing.”

— Robin W.

“I stumbled upon your beautiful blog whilst searching for creative inspiration. Thank you! What a magnificent, moving and real heart felt creation, beautifully written and presented.”

— Lucie

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“Your art work and your writing makes my heart beat a little faster – I am so taken in to your story with awe and with empathy. Your art work resonates with my journey – although different than yours. There is something universal when the path is dark and empty. Thank you for sharing your journey, your love, your soul work, and your art.”

— Mary Rose T.

“I’ve experienced so much of my own grief, supported others through their grief, and been exposed to many stories of grief that I’ve been feeling the need to encapsulate the experience in visual terms. Your photography and your words have captured what I was looking for.

Grief comes in many forms, and humanity needs the sort of raw honesty that you have shared here. Your blog is among the most well written and visually gripping I have yet come across that touches on an aspect of life that brings great pain and discomfort to have to acknowledge. But your words and images speak to that pain and discomfort, and in turn create a balm of understanding for the wounded seeker.

Thank you for your honesty. Thank you for sharing your gift. I look forward to updates about your book. I would love to own a copy.”

— Stephanie L.

“I think the reason your photos resonate with me is because I see their central theme as vulnerability, even more central death or loss.

What do we do when we’re naked, defenseless, without the means to communicate or connect? We do what we can with what we’ve got. This is what you’re doing with your art–and it’s beautiful because it completely exposes your vulnerability.”

— Richard

“I was so deeply touched by Sarah’s grief photography that I knew I needed to
purchase a print and share it with others! I have experienced deep loss in my life and her photographs spoke to me personally about grief and healing. I work as a psychotherapist supporting women who have experienced perinatal
trauma, so I chose the photograph “Sanctuary” to hang in my office and to share with my clients. Magnificent work Sarah! Thank you.”

— Michele G.

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“You writing is as beautiful as your amazing photographs. Always inspired by your courage and energy. Love.”

— Naz L

“I became a widow at the age of 29 and I just want to thank you for the way that you are able to capture anguish in such a beautiful way. It has transformed the way I see the process in which we are unfortunately going through. You’re creativity has sparked mine and that has given me hope... something I haven’t felt in a very long time.”

— Andrena M.