A Bit About Me
Hi, I'm Sarah D.--or "Sadee," since I always wanted to have a nickname! I grew up among books, crafts and antiques in Oklahoma's "Green Country" in the humid Midwest. I was shy and reflective, focused and practical--a faithful first-born who always knew she was an artist deep-down. It took the sunny skies and mountain air of Colorado--the "adopted home of my heart”--and then an abrupt uprooting and adventurous relocation to Hamburg, Germany for this passionate writer-artist to finally spread her creative wings.
I studied Literature, Education (plus a little Art) and completed my graduate studies in English, earning a Masters of Teaching Arts degree. My previous work history spans public relations, copywriting and editing, tutoring and reading to ESL children as well as teaching high school English.
Although I decided against a "traditional" career in education, I still cherish the heart of a teacher. Using my blog to feature other soulful artists in addition to telling the story of my own work, I hope to encourage others and uplift them with colorful creations and heartfelt words. I plan to extend these connections in the near-ish future by creating online tutorials, teaching workshops and e-courses, and perhaps someday writing a book.
I live and work in a cozy third-floor apartment in a neighborhood of red-brick and cobbled streets--nestled among the sub-urban forests and moors on the northern edge of Hamburg. I am inspired daily by my friends near and far (and in Cyberspace!) and by my German husband and our two lively little girls.
Next to my family and painting, reading is my other love. With a background steeped in the written word, I create visual art that often illustrates favorite poetry and other literature, as well as my own reflective writing. I have developed a lively style of painting and collage with expressive line, bold color and a strong element of storytelling.
My favorite story of all time is the true story of redemption. This is the beautiful story of a God who loves His children so passionately that He came down from Heaven to walk shoulder-to-shoulder with us, to carry us on His scarred back. I love Jesus Christ and I want to REST in how much He loves me--to let His love give my heart wings.
I'd love to hear from you! You are welcome to email me at: SadeeSchilling [at] gmail [dot] com
PHOTO CREDIT: Esther Cummings