Sarah Ogren. Mixed Media Artist


The next in our series is artist Sarah Ogren, who specializes in surrealistic, vintage, Victorian, collage artwork and art jewelry.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I have been making things since I was old enough to hold a crayon. I took just about every art class that was offered throughout my elementary and secondary school years. I earned a BA in General Studio Art with an emphasis in painting and I am now working on my MA in art. I didn't begin my collage work until about two and a half years ago.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Make things. I'm happiest when I'm creative. I don't have to always be creating artwork, but I do have to do something creative every day.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Taking photographs of my work is my least favorite part. I have never really enjoyed it. I don't even take pictures when I go on vacation. But I do it because I enjoy everything else about running a shop.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I like this piece. I think it's sweet and simple and something that I could hang on my wall or hang from a door knob.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I wanted to have two careers actually. First I wanted to be the narrator for nature programs. I loved watching those shows with my father, but the narrator was always a man and I thought they needed to have a female narrator as well. For my second career, I wanted to be a psychologist. I wanted to be the super sexy kind that you saw in the movies. I think the second career was more about feeling powerful.

What other shops out there do you love?
Some of my current favorites are:
Holli
She creates these wonderful art dolls.

Swanbones

I love her paintings and I find her work to be very inspiring.

and

Lolley Land
I love the folklore feeling of her work. I think she has a wonderful imagination.

What does your future hold?
I hope to begin teaching art at the college level in the very near future and to continue creating and selling my artwork.

Catch up with Sarah at sarahogren.blogspot.com then go check out more of her work at her Etsy shop!