Sarah Cobb Spradlin is a local artist born in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, who has been around the central Kentucky art scene for a while now. Thanks to her older sister drawing all the time, Spradlin was influenced and developed a love for art. This love for art continued by attending Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, where Spradlin received a degree in art education. At first she had no intention to teach, but in the future ended up teaching art for grades kindergarten through twelfth in Paris City Schools, for 24 years. Before teaching, her career life also involved working as a writer and as an illustrator, where today Spradlin spends her time as a professional artist.
Spradlin’s artwork mostly involves the use of oil and acrylic paints in her paintings but will use mix media and sculpture as well. According to the artist, her artistic process will include having an idea, which may sometime come from old family photographs. Spradlin says that when it comes to her ideas that,
“I try to stay true to keeping it truly imaginative and avoid using any kind of props so it comes purely from my imagination. I do a combination, even though I will have painting that are based on a real setting I will populate it with people from my own imagination.”
While Spradlin’s artwork is a combination of realistic and imaginative, her work consists of series such as market places, night scenes, scenes from everyday life, and is currently in the process of beginning a pet series. Influences and inspirations of Spradlins are of artworks that “are fresh and skilled and still stand to make a strong visual statement”.
Today Sarah Cobb Spradlin is currently retired and lives in Clintonville, Kentucky where she works from her specially made studio behind her house. She has had her work shown in shows such as The Kentuckians and in Lexington Art League's summer exhibit FEAST.
To view Spradlin's artwork or contact her, one can visit her website (listed above).