Sarah McRae Morton will be showing new works in a solo exhibition at the Somerville Manning Gallery from November 18 – December 17, 2022.
Sarah McRae Morton’s paintings are invented portraits of her ancestors and historical figures – people from her own life, from books and paintings, and from her travels and stories learned. The events and people illustrated are not bound by time or fact but are immersed with ghosts and artifacts from cross sections of history. Sarah’s work is wildly romantic, with an earthly palette and energetic movement that quiets on key moments. The paintings seem to flicker to life with her spirited brush strokes.
Sarah McRae Morton grew up in rural Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where she still keeps a hayloft studio above the horse stalls in her family’s barn. Sarah attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. She has studied chemical compositions of paintings in Rome as well as studied with the esteemed figurative painter, Odd Nerdum in Norway. Sarah received a Matisse Foundation fellowship for her work on the local history of West Virginia and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her works have been exhibited around the United States, Switzerland, France, and Germany.