Sarah Rakes is a resident of rural Habersham County, GA. She remembers first being fascinated by art as a child at the age of nine, when a traveling museum show came through the small Arkansas town in which she grew up.
During teenage years marked by loneliness, she frequently turned to drawing and sculpting as an escape. She left art behind, however, when she packed up and left home at the age of twenty. Moving throughout the South, she worked a series of waitressing jobs until she met Mike, the man who would soon become her husband. Consumed by raising their three children, Rakes did not turn to art again until 1986.
Her paintings are a rich testament to her rural experience and passion for nature; pots of flowers undulate with color, and fields of ripe pumpkins glisten under the blazing sun. The intensity of her creations is further enhanced by the exhilarating painted frames she makes for them.