Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Sarah Bennett Winter
Winter was born in Detroit in 1977 and grew up in the Detroit area. She began early to explore the connections between imagery and the human experience, and has continued this pursuit throughout her life. Winter discovered her love of color and color theory in art classes at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. She discovered her love of oil paints in the Fine Arts department at Eastern Michigan University, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Art degree with a focus in Painting.
Winter may be a painter with a split-art-personality.
In recent years, in part as a result of her love for the Toronto art world, Sarah has taken inspiration from the Canadian Group of Seven painters, particularly Tom Thomson. Winter has been using similar techniques to capture the beauty and the feeling of some of her favorite spots - many in Michigan's upper peninsula and around Ann Arbor, Michigan.
And then there are the contemporary surrealist portraits. Winter aims to invite the viewer into the psychological perspectives of her subjects. She presents highly realistic renderings juxtaposed with backgrounds derived more from the artist's imaginings of the subjects' imaginations than from locations they physically occupied in reality. But what is reality anymore anyway?
Winter has taught art classes and designed visual art and art integration programs for students ranging in age from 4 to 84. She is a highly qualified visual art educator, is certified to teach in the state of Michigan, and holds a Master of Visual Art Education degree from Boston University.
Winter has consulted on, designed, and painted numerous murals, many as a part of the Treetown Murals art team. The City of Ann Arbor has honored Sarah with a Golden Paintbrush Award for excellence in public art.
Winter mostly paints in her Ann Arbor studio and teaches at Skyline High School; enjoying the support of her two sons and her partner, saxophonist Dan Bennett.