Born in Melbourne, Australia, Sarah Thomas has always pursued her interest in the arts - classical and other forms of dance, music, painting and drawing, languages, geography and physical education. After gaining a Bachelor of Arts and Diplomas of Teaching and Teaching English as a Second Language she spent a number of years teaching in Australia and then overseas where she could combine her work with a love of travel.
After marrying and settling in Sunshine Beach, Noosa, Queensland with its tropical, beachside lifestyle, Sarah wanted to remain at home with her young children and revisited painting - the garage became a studio. That was in 2000 and she has not looked back. She now paints full-time in a beautiful studio at home.
In Sarah’s artwork the viewer finds the contemporary, fun and leisurely lifestyle of beautiful Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Queensland. The human form is her inspiration - dancers, swimmers, singers, musicians; people enjoying themselves are indeed her subjects.
The artist only uses high quality acrylic paints and she enjoys exploring mixed media such as papers, beach sand, rice and fishing line. Her use of vibrant colour, swirling textures and balanced composition all add to the overall feeling of fun and whimsy.
Career highlight: Sarah was invited to exhibit at the Florence Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea in Italy in December 2005. She was honoured to attend and has been invited to exhibit in Florence again in 2015.
April 2000 “Life, Colour and Passion Exhibition” at the Sheraton, Discovery Gallery on Hastings St Noosa Heads QLD
September 2000 “Spring Art Exhibition” Discovery Gallery on Hastings St at the Sheraton Noosa Heads QLD
April /May 2001 “Food, Art and the Body Exhibition” The Noosa Regional Gallery QLD
April 2002 “Works for the Blues” (Blue Nurses) Art Exhibition, Waterfront Place Brisbane (Art Promotions Qld)
2001 – 2003 exhibited at The Hyatt Coolum QLD – various events
August 2003 Immanuel College Annual Art Exhibition, Buderim QLD
April 2004 “Works for the Blues” (Blue Nurses) Art Exhibition, Waterfront Place Brisbane (Art Promotions Qld)
June 2004 “Women of Substance” Exhibition (Art Promotions Qld), St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School Ascot, Brisbane
July 2004 Sydney Affordable Art Show, Royal Hall of Industries, Fox Studios, Exhibiting with Maree Mizon Gallery, Paddington, Sydney NSW
August 2004 Royal Qld Bush Children’s Health “Bushstrokes” Exhibition, Waterfront Place Brisbane (Art Promotions Qld)
December 2004 “Christmas at Waterfront” Art Exhibition, Waterfront Place Brisbane (Art Promotions Qld)
August 2005 Royal Qld Bush Children’s Health “Bushstrokes” Exhibition, Waterfront Place Brisbane (Art Promotions Qld)
September 2005 Brisbane Art Expo Royal Showgrounds Brisbane QLD
December 2005 Florence Biennale Internazionale dell’Arte Contemporanea, Fortezza da Basso, ITALY
June 2006 Abused Child Trust Art Exhibition Riverside Centre, Eagle St, Brisbane (Art Promotions Qld) At the Abused Child Trust Exhibition, Brisbane 2006 with Governor General of Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce
September 2006 “Savoir Faire- the finer things in life” exhibition, Salt Village, Kingscliff, NSW
October 2006 October Group Exhibition Manyung Gallery, Mt Eliza VIC
December – January 2007 “Sunstroke – Paint a song of Summer” solo exhibition Cooper Gallery, Hastings St Noosa
November 2008 - 2011 opened and managed own gallery editions noosa gallery Duke St Sunshine Beach QLD
September 2009 Tudor House Art Show, Moss Vale, NSW
May 2010 commissioned by St Thomas More Primary School, Noosa to provide artwork around the school and for new school hall
August 2010 The Kings School Art Show, Sydney NSW
September 2010 Pymble Ladies College Art Fair, Sydney NSW
October – November 2010 “CONTEMPORANEA” group exhibition, Florence Biennale Group Australia, Melbourne and Canberra
May 2011 Riverview Art Show, Saint Ignatius School, Lane Cove Sydney, NSW
August 2011 The Kings School Art Show Sydney NSW
June 2012 ACT for Kids Art Show Mercedes-Benz showroom, Fortitude Valley Brisbane QLD
June 2012 “Girls Helping Girls exhibition” for PLAN Australia, The Jasper Hotel , Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC
October 2012 “Sarah Thomas” solo exhibition Seaview Gallery, Queenscliff VIC
September 2013 “SportsArt” Exhibition, Tattersall’s Club Brisbane QLD
September 2014 “The Good Life” solo exhibition Patio, Noosaville, Noosa QLD
June 2015 current commission project for new school building, St Teresa’s Catholic College Noosa