Having grown up in Colorado, Sascha Ripps has always had a deep sensitivity, and connection to, the landscape. Sascha grew up hiking, playing and exploring in the beautiful Colorado outdoors. Her current focus on the landscape honors both these early experiences, and this integral part of her identity. For Sascha, making a successful painting is about capturing the essence of her subject matter, something that goes well beyond a “visual likeness”. Sascha strives to convey the energy and feeling of a juncture between a specific place and a particular moment in time. “For me, seeing is a tactile experience—a journey in and amongst shapes, noticing the sensations of various textures, and feeling the warm and cool light as it dances with color, then I attempt to communicate this experience in my painting.”
As a child, Sascha was drawn to the creative, but her love of visual art stood apart from all other interests even by kindergarten. She feels fortunate to have had teachers who encouraged her to develop her artistic skill and interest in every step of her formal education. Although the majority of Sascha’s childhood was spent in Colorado, mid-way through high school, her family moved to upstate New York. During the five years she spent there, Sascha desperately missed Colorado. In response, she spent the majority of her time behind her easel. “It was my way of dealing with a difficult move during those formative and precarious years”. But, she also took notice of the particular color palette and the mood of the East Coast and learned to find both it’s personality and it’s beauty. Sascha has travelled extensively and has worked to strengthen her ability to find the pulse and individuality of each environment. During college and graduate school, she spent time living in Australia and Oregon. During her schooling, Sascha taught art at community centers and in summer programs. Along the way, Sascha continued to observe each place, the structure of the land and the quality of the light. After graduate school, no longer able to resist the pull of “home”, Sascha moved back to Colorado, where she taught art an independent school. During that period of her life she also married a Colorado native. The two moved to Austin, Texas for almost five years, where Sascha taught at the Austin Museum of Art and worked in her studio when she could. In 2003, Sascha had her first son and placed her artistic pursuits on hold for seven years while she focused on parenting her two young boys. Before the birth of her second son, she and her young family moved back to Denver, where they have remained since. When Sascha’s younger son was two and a half, he started attending preschool and she quickly turned part of her basement into a studio. Since that time, Sascha has worked to establish herself as a full-time artist, while also continuing to preserve her role as an active and involved mother of two boys. She has been thrilled to find so many wonderful artists in the Colorado community who have given her guidance, support and encouragement along the way. Sascha has established a wonderful collector base and is now represented at Saks Galleries in Denver, CO. “The thing about making art”, says Sascha, “is that sometimes it feels like such a selfish endeavor—having concentrated time out in the environment or in the studio just to appreciate, focus and create. But what I have realized, is that that is only fifty percent of what makes painting so rewarding for me. The other fifty percent comes from watching others make a connection with a piece and know that they make their own journeys into the paintings as they move through their daily lives."
Artist’s Statement The electricity and energy of an environment at a particular moment is the current inspiration for my paintings. For me, seeing is a tactile experience—a journey in and amongst shapes, noticing the sensations of various textures, and feeling the warm and cool light as it dances with color. I use oil paint in an attempt to capture the intensity of these finite junctures of time and place. The goal of my work is to provide a vessel for multiple journeys into these moments, which can last much longer than the inspiring instant, itself.