Artist Q&A: Sara Melzer at Loaded Joe’s
Name: Sara MelzerMedium: India ink on photo paperDate and Time of Show: Show will be up for the month of August with a reception Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.Location of Show: Loaded Joes, AvonName of Show: Ski Bum ArtVail Daily: What does painting (or whatever your medium is) mean to you?Sara Melzer: Art has always been a part of my life and helped define me at an early age. Then when it came time to grow up and choose a major in college I decided to follow my passions. My degrees in studio art and philosophy only qualified me to wait tables and Vail is the perfect place to launch a career in the service industry. Fatefully, this town ended up inspiring the Ski Bum Art series.VD: When did you know that you wanted to be an artist?SM: Living here Im inspired by the unwavering passion people have for mountain living. Whether skiing or snowboarding, these goggle-tanned die-hards wake before dawn, ride all day, work all night, and happily do it all again the next day. My work is about celebrating the love for the mountains that floods this valley.VD: What inspires you to create? What kind of mood do you have to be in?SM: What mood do I have to be in? Painting puts me in a good mood so it doesnt matter what kind of day Ive had. When Im elbow deep in India ink I couldnt be happier.VD: Why did you choose the medium that you work with, or did it choose you?SM: India ink is vibrant yet fluid so its the perfect way to visually convey passion and energy.VD: Describe your style.SM: I have a background in realistic portraiture but my current style is a vibrant, expressionistic, way of portraying people.VD: If you were to meet any artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why?SM: I would have loved to party at Studio 54 with Warhol and Basquiat, but hey who wouldnt.VD: Do you own a favorite piece of art?SM: I have a big bright abstract triptych next to a Gustave Caillebotte.VD: Where do you sell your art?SM: I primarily sell my art from a booth at the Vail Farmers market and through my Web site, SkiBumArt.com. But I also have paintings up at The Lift Caf in Minturn, Prima Donna in Breckenridge, and for the month of August, Loaded Joes in Avon.