Sarah Gubetta Biography
Born and raised in Winsted, CT, a small former mill town in Litchfield County. Here I attended The Gilbert School and began receiving recognition and awards for my drawing and photography skills. After graduating high school, I went to Central Connecticut State University where I received a BA in Mathematics as well as a minor in Art. I did my graduate studies and received a MS in Secondary Education at the University of Bridgeport. I am currently teaching art and math at the high school level, often incorporating the two into one another.
In addition to teaching and creating art, I participate in many art related events and exhibitions. I am a member of the Housatonic Valley Art League, The Kent Art Association, and an artist collective called Procre8 that is based out of Hartford, CT. My work has been exhibited in the Berkshire Art Salon, Trinity Gallery, ArtSpace Gallery, The 224, and Real Art Ways. I was recognized by the Connecticut General Assembly during a group show at the ArtSpace Gallery in Hartford, CT.
With the principles and elements of art in mind, I paint exactly where my emotions and intuitions lead me. I use my own photographs as references for my paintings. However, I believe it is easy to lose the authenticity of the original scene through the lens of a camera because it cannot see as cleanly as the human eye. Because my expertise is in both mediums, I’m able to recognize the importance of having quality photographs that use proper exposure, white balance, etc. I then compare my images on screen to the actual scene and take careful notes on elements such as color, contrast, and light. Again, a photograph is only a reference. My paintings are intended to combine imagination, inspiration, and creative license. My photography is meant to capture moments exactly for what they are – beautiful, ugly, intense, and truthful.
While most believe an artist should be known for mastering a technique, I believe that it is important to take different approaches based on what inspires you in a given moment. Painting the same subjects with the same technique over and over seems uninspiring and tedious. To me, art is an expression of an in-the-moment feeling. Art is an outlet.
“I want to touch people with my art. I want them to say 'he feels deeply, he feels tenderly'." –Vincent van Gogh