Sarah Parks Fine Artist Exhibits Her Work At The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, Virginia

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The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts hosts an exclusive exhibit for Sarah Parks Fine Artist for two months.

The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts displays oil paintings by Sarah Parks Fine Artist

Reclining with Book

The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, VA is delighted to announce that Sarah Parks Fine Artist is exhibiting her paintings during an exclusive two-month engagement in their art gallery. The exhibition will run from May 1 through June 30. Works such as the much-admired "Malena," "The Shawl," "Tang Horse," and "Moonlight on the River" will be featured alongside some new work such as "Caribbean Beauty" and "Italian Girl." While Ms. Parks' work is featured on the Sandler Center's web site, her work can also be seen at her artist web site,

In her exhibition at the Sandler Center Art Gallery, she hopes "to provide not only a clearer, more compelling reality, but the lens through which to view it." Whether it is a portrait, figurative, still life, or landscape, Ms. Parks' aspiration is to capture the perfect play of light, shadow, and color in her paintings.

“Reclining With Book” is one of Sarah’s most popular pieces and is on display at the Sandler Art Center. The combination of realistic brush work with an aura of impressionism mixed with the reflective, relaxed mood of the subject gives the oil painting a compelling quality that has earned many compliments. Sarah still remembers the session with the model. She placed the model in many different poses, but it wasn’t until the model took a much-needed break and rested on the couch that inspiration struck and Sarah had the pose she had been looking for. This large-scale painting is a favorite with many admirers.

Sarah’s newest painting “Italian Girl” contains more impressionist brush strokes. The looser, chunkier style is evocative of John Singer Sargent, one of Sarah’s favorite portraitists.

Travel has influenced Sarah’s art greatly and provided quite a few scenes perfect for the canvas. “Morning in Venice” was one of those spontaneous moments artists treasure. While coming out of her hotel in Venice one summer, Sarah encountered one of the ubiquitous gondoliers who was poling his gondola up to the hotel. With the light was illuminating him perfectly and the illustrious church Santa Maria della Salute in the background, she knew she had to paint this scene.

Timed perfectly with the Sandler exhibit, Sarah was also interviewed by that features several of her paintings, including “The Shawl,” “Pleated Teapot with Lemon,” and “Tang Horse.” Sarah described the role that light and shadow play in her work, explaining that she gives a great deal of time to rendering values (the lights and darks in a drawing or painting) accurately. She shared how she had to create a 10-value scale and a 20-value scale in college, which has stood her in good stead even today.

Sarah also mentioned the artists who influenced her work. She has studied with Daniel Greene, Michael Shane Neil and Bart Lindstrom who gave her wonderful advice and guidance. The knowledge she gained from attending their workshop has had a significant impact on her work today.

Sarah has also developed an online drawing course, Drawing Secrets Revealed, which received a five-star review from This college-level drawing course includes over six and a half hours of video demonstration providing everything an artist needs to know to hone their drawing skills.

Sarah Parks is an artist who skillfully blends Impressionism with Classical Realism. She received her Bachelor's degree in both Art History and Studio Art from Old Dominion University in 2001. She is a member of the Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America, and the American Society of Portrait Artists. Ms. Parks' love of other art genres has motivated her to continually refine her technique through intense study and guidance by some of the foremost landscape, still life, and figurative painters today.

The Sandler Center Art Gallery, located on the second and third floor lobbies of the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. For more information about the Sandler Center Art Gallery, please visit the Sandler Center Art Gallery's website at

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