Sara Risley Fine Art

Conversations in Color
Recent works in photography and painting


The most striking feature of my work is color-- bright, intense, and vibrant. In my photographic art, the color might come from the subject matter or might be revealed when layering or saturating many images. I further explore color and expression through alcohol ink paintings. Often my paintings become source material for my photographic art. In both art forms, I hope viewers will be drawn to the images or colors that appeal to them. The intensity of the color can lure the viewer in to witness the often intricate details of lines and shapes within.

I approach photography in an exploratory manner. Using my camera and I-phone non-traditionally, I look for ways to make the mundane exceptional and then experiment on the computer until I feel the final piece has been revealed. My alcohol ink work is a whimsical practice of both serendipity and precision.

In my abstract photography and paintings, I present non-explicit images that can initiate conversation from the literal-“What is it?” or “How did you do that?” to the internal “What do I feel about this?” or “How is it affecting me?”

I hope you enjoy my Conversations in Color, and that it provokes, inspires, and spurs thought and conversation. .



“The most astonishing possibilities remain to be discovered in the raw material of photograph" photographers "must learn to seek, not the 'picture,' not the esthetic of tradition, but the ideal instrument of expression.”

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy