There’s little that Sarah Hartman cant do. An artist through and through, she paints, illustrates, and sculpts, on top of being a professional ballet dancer. But mostly she combines her passions. With her art featuring themes that touch on dancing, her illustrations tend to focus on the human body, as it stretches and moves about.
“Being a dancer gives you a kind of fluency in another language, in what parts of the body you emphasize, how they look, ways that they move,” she explained in an interview with CreativeFluff Magazine. “I tend to always incorporate hyperextended legs and arched feet in full-body pictures because it’s what I’m used to seeing in the studio. Being surrounded by that for so many years really shaped my view of bodies and proportions. Probably in a very unnatural way!”
A San Francisco native, Hartman works at a nonprofit by day, teaches fitness at night, and makes art in the in-betweens. “I definitely went through a lot of phases,” she says. “I read a lot of comic books as a kid; my brother and I would sit for hours reading collections passed down to us from our uncle. That influenced me for a long time and still does. I fell into more classical art and portraiture for a while, as I got more serious, and recently have found a kind of happy medium between the two.”
Take a look at some of her creative artwork in the gallery below, and follow her on Instagram for more.