• Regan Hayward

Artist Interview with Sarah Terrill for "I Know Why" Art Exhibition

Regan Hayward sits down with abstract artist, Sarah Terrill, as a part of a new series of candid conversations with practicing artists.

​Regan: Welcome everyone, I am Regan Jane Hayward, I’m a curating artist and also the managing director of Beaux Arts Gallery, Downtown Brampton. We are a not-for-profit artist-run space and currently with Covid-19 in effect, our arts collective has been doing a lot of pivoting on our programming for you, our audience, to enjoy and today is no different. We are doing a series of candid conversations with artists that we are showcasing. This particular interview is with exhibiting artist Sarah Terrill, abstract artist. Sarah is a featured artist in our “I Know Why” Art Exhibition available virtually now at our website. In honour of Black History Month, we are showcasing the works of Black artists, to demonstrate our support of Black culture and artists themselves. So today we’re having a conversation with you, Sarah, how are you?

Sarah: I’m good. Thanks for having me. This is great!

Regan: Thank goodness for zoom and the internet. I thought we would start by you sharing about your art practice. When did you start with your art practice? Take us through that.

Sarah: Sure! I was always artsy in high school and I always loved the arts. And then life goes on--things change. Then I was at a very dark place in my life and I turned to painting again. Actually, to be honest, art saved me. It made me see the light. It made me find my passion again. It made me find my truth. And I will always respect art and it just brought me out of that dark place and into the light.

In 2010, I decided to do my first solo show. It was a lot of hard work, but it was such a great success. Just seeing people talking about my art—it was my art they were talking about and purchasing. It was such a great show and that show in 2010 gave me the confidence to continue my art and I had something to say to the world through my art. And that was it for me.

Regan: It set you on a journey that you are still on today. I also wanted to ask what it means to you to be a Black artist, then, now and over the course of your career? Tell us a little bit about that.