Hi! I’m Sarah Rawson Fris: Artist, Author-Illustrator, Island Hugger and Baby Whisperer.
Over 20 years ago, a family friend and watercolor artist taught my sisters and I the magic of using salt with watercolor paint. (She also taught us how to make chocolate dirt and introduced us to the wonderfully inappropriate joys of using whoopee cushions at church dinners… so it’s safe to say this woman was my hero.) I loved the idea of using salt to create texture in my paintings, and enjoyed watching each crystal gently push the pigment away, bringing layers of movement and magic to my paintings.
After college I followed my mother’s footsteps and found work as a preschool teacher. Here I was able to continue exploring the world through art with willing and equally eager 3-5 year old companions. Whether it was discovering the star in the middle of an apple and stamping with it or mashing recycled paper pulp into shapes with our hands, I found creative exploration of nature to be the best way to connect with my students while exploring the natural elements of this beautiful planet. To this day many of my whimsical characters and designs will come to me through the shape of a cloud, the wood graining of a floor board, the pattern on a leaf, or paint mixed with soapy bubbles, captured on a piece of paper.
Nowadays when I am not sketching, painting or dreaming up stories, I can be found helping new parents soothe their tiny babies, learning their rhythms and helping them get some sleep back into their lives. Some of my current stories are inspired by this very subject! Find out about my other life at www.creativesleepsolutions.com
I currently live in Beverly Massachusetts with my equally creative and adventurous husband Vladimir, who likes to whistle while he cooks dinner, which is just about every night. He is the other half of Wit and Whimsy Designs; my graphic-design-guru who owns about 10 printers and can put my illustrations on anything our little hearts desire.
You can find us on Instagram, follow us on Facebook, or simply send us telepathic messages if you prefer to un-plug. (I can’t promise I’ll be able to return those…)
Thanks for stopping by!