I was born on Kodiak Island and have resided here most of my life. I was raised in Port Lions, a small fishing village on Kodiak. My parents commercial fished for most of my upbringing. I was always inspired by the ocean and the many mysteries and beauty it held. From the salmon returning to spawn in the stream or river they hatched from or the birds that migrate thousands of miles just to nest. How could one not be inspired?
When I was a little girl I used to say I wanted to be a school teacher or an artist when I grew up. As I got older and I went through my schooling, the thought of being an artist seemed to fade away. I attended school in Port Lions until my junior year of high school. My last two years were spent at Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka Alaska. After graduation I headed up North to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and major in Elementary Education. It was there that I took my first art class, Beginning Painting. It was my first time painting with acrylic. I've been hooked ever since.
After two years in Fairbanks, I was ready for a break from school and returned back home to Port Lions. I got a job with the Native Village of Port Lions as a Cultural Specialist. This entailed teaching Alutiiq Dance and Native Crafts to children in the community. The job was great. I loved working with the kids and I was able to experiment with different types of art. After I had my son Nathan a few years later, I decided to resign and spend more time at home.
Through the past couple years I kept painting. I sell my artwork at various events and bazaars throughout the year. I have now become a full time mom and artist, and I could not be happier.
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Sara Squartsoff, Artist