- ARTIST STATEMENT -
With a love of storytelling, Sarah Treanor weaves a tapestry of layered information and emotion into her photography.
As a fine artist, she focuses largely on moments of vulnerability - vignettes that speak often of loss, fear, isolation, and re-connection. These stories are strongly influenced by the many losses in her life - having experienced the deaths of both her parents and her fiance by the age of 30. Loss has shaped her life in profound ways, some difficult, some beautiful, and she captures this eloquently in her photos.
Her licensed images are an extension of her personal work, having a similar emotional, narrative style. She finds her own unique way to capture just about anything - from fine art portraits to landscapes to simple objects of daily life. She has a passion for books and music - and as such has concentrated her stock work with smaller high-end boutiques that specialize in the book publishing and music industries.
Sarah has a background and education in graphic design, giving her a keen instinct for what makes a composition work. Less is more in her world, and she uses this rule to help her tell visual stories in a powerful and intriguing way.
When not behind the camera, Sarah writes, hosts workshops and helps to inspire others to create from their own most vulnerable selves however she can. She is a weekly writer for the Soaring Spirits International blog, sharing accounts of her continued journey with grief. She is an avid reader, gardener and nature lover, and can often be found wandering trails near her Akron, OH home and studio, taking in the small details of life for inspiration.
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KIND WORDS about my ART & TEACHING
“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.”
“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.”
“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.
“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.