ABOUT THE ARTIST
Photo by Sue Grubman
Sabrina Armitage was born in Vienna, Austria to Czech parents. She came to the US at age 1½ when her family made New Orleans their home. From an early age she had a passion for sketching the world around her. Being surrounded by the historic homes of New Orleans and the architecture of the European cities where she spent her childhood summers, she became drawn to the effect time had on the texture of wood, iron and intricate details and the ways in which the layers would unfold to reveal the history of a building.
After studying Architecture, Sabrina’s curiosity shifted from understanding structural framework to exploring the framework of the human psyche. Having graduated from Tulane University with a BS in Psychology (1987) and a Master of Social Work (1989), Sabrina began a formative career in clinical social work. She was especially drawn to working with children and families, helping to unfold the human layers that reveal the inner landscape. More than a decade later Sabrina’s desire for creativity re-emerged through jewelry design which then led her to study Fine Art at Otis College of Art and Design.
In 2012 Sabrina fully entered into the world of encaustic painting, discovering a newly inspired passion for mixed media techniques. The rich colors of the French Quarter and its historical layers continue to impact Sabrina while her summers in Wyoming inspire raw natural paintings and a vision of wide open spaces. Themes of resilience and adaptability weave through many of Sabrina's pieces, reflecting both her background in the human psyche and her parents’ escape from a war torn occupied country.
Currently living in Southern California, where the Pacific Ocean’s soft subtle colors as well as the grit of urban LA influence her work, Sabrina demonstrates a fascination with this juxtaposition. Her art offers a reinterpretation of a visual scene by embracing contrasting elements and allowing the tension to have a transformative effect.
Sabrina’s multidimensional work illustrates struggle and yearning, the translation of humanity's foibles and the layers that can be peeled back, revealing the internal landscape. Her ever-evolving layered medium of encaustics encompasses the truth of nature in its specific natural form and evokes possibility and resilience as the human threads that course through both life and art.
Sabrina exhibits nationally and her work is held in private collections. She works and lives in the Los Angeles area with her two children.