Sara Hendrix is a natural teacher. As a teenager, she taught in Bible School, Sunday School, and in camps for disabled students. Sara made learning fun with art, including puppets, God’s Eyes, and paper sculptures. In school, Sara enjoyed art instruction; especially when she could express herself in unconventional ways. She was called to be a special education teacher and got her MS from Georgia State University. Upon graduation, Sara accepted a position near where she grew up in Atlanta. During her early teaching years, she enjoyed drawing, but had little time for creating outside the classroom. During this time, she incorporated art into various lessons. A favorite with her students was a “following directions project” which created a dragon puppet from a paper plate. During this time, she was able to design shadow puppets and perform in a production at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.
After working at the elementary level for about 15 years, Sara and her husband decided to move to the north side of Atlanta. The commute was very long and on most days took 2-3 hours, so Sara decided to request a transfer. Sara was delighted to be offered a special education position at a nearby high school where she would be teaching math. The school was an arts and science magnet, and Sara was inspired by the students’ work to pursue an art class at the nearby Spruill Art Center. Sara chose to take Beginning Drawing because she thought that this class would require only paper and pencil and be a less expensive endeavor. In her first class, she was introduced to the charcoal, erasers, and other drawing materials which would become part of her artistic repertoire. Sara was introduced to the instructor who would become her mentor, Chery Baird.
As Sara continued her studies in art, she was introduced to yoga. She continued taking drawing composition, color theory, and painting while she practiced yoga. Sara learned that the mindfulness she was using in yoga could be applied to her art. Through mixed media, she began using yoga poses, symbols, and Sanskrit in her pieces. Sara completed course work to qualify as a level 200 and 500 yoga instructor and added doshas, chakras, and meditation to her art. At this time, Sara began visiting the Shoshoni Yoga Retreat. Her latest work is inspired by colorful prayer flags at this ashram.
As a member of the Atlanta Artists Center, Sara was juried into several shows and received awards. She was also juried into the annual show for the National Collage Society. Her mixed-media work includes paintings and drawings which have been sold in several Atlanta galleries, including the Limelight Gallery, the Norcross Rectory, the Seen Gallery of Decatur, and Art-Haus in Grant Park. Sara is a member of the Shadowline Artist Group, which is a cadre of artists that critique each other’s work and develop shows in the Atlanta area. She is currently a member of the Roswell Fine Arts Alliance, The Atlanta Collage Society and the Women’s Caucus for Art of Georgia.
Here's a link to an article about me in VoyageATL http://voyageatl.com/interview/meet-sara-hendrix