Sarah White (1980) is a Sydney-based artist, writer and scientist. Awarded a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Sydney in 2004, and a Doctorate in Medicine in 2009, Sarah has had a productive decade-long career in research and as a medical writer. In 2015 she took a hiatus from academia to focus on art, attending the Florence Academy of Art's six week intensive painting program. In 2016 she cofounded Art Escape Italy, a company offering high-end art retreats with master artists in Tuscany. She currently works from her studio in Sydney, Australia, though is also frequently found in Florence and Stockholm.
In my work I am primarily interested in the emotional qualities of a subject. My portraits depict women and girls typically alone and deep in thought, and my subjects are drawn from people with whom I have a close connection - friends, family and colleagues. The narrative underlying the composition is often deeply personal. My background as a scientist informs my work in terms of a precision of observation and an interest in the meaning in details. In my artistic practice I combine a traditional academic approach to painting and drawing with inspiration drawn from film, photography and graphic design.