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About Sarah

Sarah Thomas is an Australian painter living and working by the sea in beautiful Noosa Queensland. She works under the name of Editions Noosa Art and has been painting as a career since 2000.

"Every time I stand before an empty canvas I have a simple quest – to create a thing of beauty, something fun, warm and happy to make the viewer smile … that is what art should be about. Spread the joy!”  Sarah

Melbourne born, Sarah settled in Noosa almost 30 years ago with her Queenslander husband and hasn't looked back. Following a number of years working as a primary school and language teacher and travelling the world, raising children meant a new chapter and she wished to remain at home as much as she could. Pursuing her interest in art and working from her garage, her early paintings sold like hotcakes from the "Discovery Gallery" in famous Hastings St and this launched her into local, interstate and international exhibitions.

Sarah's large fun, flamboyant, figurative artworks on canvas depict people at leisure and are inspired by the human form, love of life, her coastal lifestyle and her years studying art, language, dance and playing sport. Feel good paintings and pleasing to the eye her figures are graceful and poised. The subjects look out and connect happily with the viewer or at times are whimsically facing away from us but sharing their view and story. Swimmers, surfers, lifeguards, dancers, nippers, musicians, family portraits are her specialty...

Her paintings now number almost 900 and are found in collections all over Australia and the world. She has participated in several solo and group exhibitions, been represented by galleries in Noosa and interstate (more recently Raw Art Gallery Noosa, Seaview Gallery Queenscliff and Manyung Gallery Sorrento), ran her own gallery for 2 years, exhibited at the Florence Biennale in Italy by invitation and been commissioned for large projects by schools, offices, hotels, restaurants and commercial projects. She lists Sandro Botticelli, Gustav Klimt and John Brack amongst her favourite artists and influences and says she is never at a loss for ideas for the next painting.

Nowadays Sarah is semi-retired, working solely on private commissions where she is able to meet people in person or via phone/email, hear their story and then endeavour to create an artwork to suit their wishes. She is most often sought after for capturing their spirit in a family portrait which they will treasure forever. Consultations are by appointment only. Please phone, text or email at your convenience should you like to make enquiries and start the conversation about creating a beautiful painting to suit your wishes.

You can find Sarah on Instagram almost daily, Facebook and Pinterest.  Her studio at 5 Duke Street, Sunshine Beach is open by appointment where you can view her latest works. See Contact page for more details.

Sarah's Mission

“Life is a gift and what joy and beauty there is in life. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves of this. Every time I stand before a canvas I have a simple quest – to create a thing of beauty, something fun, warm and happy to make the viewer smile. That is what art should be about… spread the joy!”


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