Artist Statement

I live and work in Houston, Texas.

I record the human need to be authentically seen. My portraits explore connection, separation, transition, vulnerability and grit. Painting and drawing myself and people I know, love and encounter, I work in oil on canvas, graphite on paper, and mixed media, all from photography I create and discover, often in spontaneous moments. My subjects vary by age, ethnicity and background while sharing a strong sense of self and a willingness to be known. Often cropped tight and to the edge, my figures confront with vivid color at or beyond human scale and peer directly at the viewer with an in-your-face individuality.

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2017 Seen, Art Palace, Houston, Texas
2016 Beyond Resemblance: Two Takes on the Portrait, Marky Dewhirst and Sarah Fisher, MFAH Glassell School of Art Interspace Gallery, Houston, Texas

Selected Group Exhibitions

 2018 ArtspaceIII Regional Juried Exhibition, Juror: Christina Rees, Fort Worth, Texas                                                                                                                   2018 44 Artists from Texas: Part 2, Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts, Lubbock, Texas                                                                                                  2018 Always Strong, Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, Texas                                                                                                                                                  2018 Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art, Juror: Anna Katz                                                                                                                               2017 Three Feet High and Rising, Group exhibition, Art Palace Gallery, Houston, Texas                                                                                                                     2017 THE BLOCK, Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, Texas                                                                                                                                                                 2017 Known and Underknown, Two Allen Center, Houston, Texas                                                                                                                                                     2017 Art City Austin, Group booth with Art Palace Gallery, Austin, TX                                                                                                                                                2017 Assistance League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art, Juror: José Esparza Chong Cuy
2016 MFAH Glassell School of Art Student Exhibition

Selected Bibliography

Anspon, Catherine, ‘Houston Woman’s Incredible Instagram Posts Land Her a Major Art Show: Getting Discovered Through Social Media,’ 3/4/17,
Culture Scene Preview, Houston Chronicle, 2/16/17, p. D16, illustration.
Bise, Michael, ‘Sarah Fisher and Bill Willis at Art Palace,’ 1/9/17,


2016-18: MFAH Glassell School of Art BLOCK Studio Program
2015-present, 2009-10: MFAH Glassell School of Art
2008-09: Studied with Margarita Garces, The Hague, The Netherlands
2007: Hampstead School of Art, London, England
1982-86: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana

Represented by DEASIL, formerly Art Palace, Houston, Texas

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