Born in Jamestown, Tennessee, the second of three girls, Sarah Hewes was raised in Jackson, Mississippi. After graduating from Murrah High School, she enrolled at MSCW (Mississippi State College for Women) and then transferred her sophomore year to the University of Southern Mississippi where she majored in Commercial Art.
She married her college sweetheart, Billy Hewes, and was soon the mother of three boys. Settling in Gulfport, Mississippi, her husband's hometown, Sarah was foremost a mother. Her art was set aside for a time.
Picking up the brush again, she became known as a traditionalist through her detailed watercolor paintings.
Basically self-taught, Sarah's emphasis is on her vision of the subject, whether a pelican in breeding plumage, a red-tail hawk, ferns, water, sky or landscape. In all her work, the play of light is crucial.
Watercolor, for Sarah, is the “most fun” way to paint. Water and paint mix, run, blend and dry with unexpected surprises.
When painting with oils, the subject can be looser or with more attention to detail. Often dark colors are thinned and as lighter colors are used, white becomes the thickest paint.
“More than photographic realism,” Sarah says, “I would describe my artistry as an ability to capture through paintings and drawings the feeling and beauty of simple subject—the delicacy of a wood fern, the wild eyed hawk, or the surprise of a baby rabbit caught in paint and color. My mother always said, 'Sarah picked up a pencil when she was three and never put it down.”
As an alternative creative expression, Sarah hand-paints furniture, embellishes mirrors...and writes. Her first novel, “Eli and the Rifle,” was recently published.
Featured in the book, “Moods of Mississippi,” Sarah's work is in many corporate and private collections. Her gallery affiliations have included Williams Gallery, Negrotto's and A Work of Art in Gulfport and Biloxi. She was recently invited to participate in an exclusive art auction for the Gulf Coast Land Trust as well as an auction called the “Doors of Ohr” for the Ohr O'Keefe Museum designed by architect, Frank Gehry.