About Sarah Snyder-Dinsel
I am an illustrator at heart. Even as a child I wanted desperately to draw things exactly as they were. It has been my greatest artistic challenge to translate my illustrations into a higher form of art. I still want the detail, but now I strive to take my painting to another level.
My current paintings have a surreal edge to them. Although they are rendered in a very illustrative manner, I purposely place them in a setting suggesting limitless space. This spatial illusion lends a playful quality to otherwise mundane subject matter.
I am able to stay closer to my illustrative nature in my pet portraits. Painting animals is my greatest artistic passion. I always aim to capture the spirit of the animal I paint. I consider it a gift to have the opportunity to immortalize a beloved pet.
I also cling to my illustrative nature in my hand-painted objects/furniture. Each one of these pieces have tightly rendered detail with an old world feel that is achieved through multiple layers of varnishes and antiquing.
I gratuated from University of Delaware with a BFA in illustration in the mid 1990s. I currently paint commissioned paintings and furniture in my home studio in Chester County, PA.