Veronica Sauer creates paintings rich with daring color. Working from photographs to echo real life, she paints primarily in fast-drying acrylic with larger brushes, prioritizing shape, shadow, scale, and light. Impressionistic brushstrokes formulate mood, depicting emotion and expression. In her current portrait series, this use of abstract realism offers a new perspective on iconic faces, illuminating the inner person and story behind each individual.
In university studies of art history and past travels to the art museums of Europe, Veronica was drawn to the vitality of Expressionism & Fauvism, which drench canvases in rich color contrasts. However, it was not until after a corporate career and the interruption of her active life by a sports-related accident that she followed her passion for creating her own art. Self-taught, she experimented with abstraction before her godmother suggested she try painting faces. Veronica began with a self-portrait and went on to paint people she admired, was motivated by, or for whom she was thankful. She says, “I was so grateful to our fire chief for his leadership and communication during an aggressive forest fire threatening my mountain cabin that I knew I had to paint him.” In this painting, the contrast between the cool tones of the face and the warm colors of the surrounding fire represents the intensity of the event. This piece inspired the expressive, dynamic style of her portrait series.
American born and a dual citizen of the U.S. and Germany, Veronica Sauer lives in Seattle and has a studio near Mount Rainier. Whether portraits, wildlife, naturescapes, sports art, or abstracts, her artwork radiates energy and highlights her passion for painting.