"The only thing that matters is, did it turn out like I wanted it? If you're chasing after positive reviews, demographic trends or a lucrative box office, you've already failed. But, if your only ambition is to get something off your chest and render it exactly as you wanted it, then you're bulletproof" --Ricky Gervais

I’ve always been an earnest and sincere painter’s painter.
But I look at endless children’s books and illustrations, cartoons, comics and kid drawings with my own two. I always notice street graffiti. They hold something I connect with. It is a sense of cleverness, vulnerability and humor.
Humor and comedy always seems to be about recognition – someone points out something you were thinking about that was bothering you that you didn’t know you were thinking about and were bothered by – which always leads to laughter. Someone gets you. That’s so funny…what a relief.
I’ve always been concerned with recognition and repetition. Constantly pumping out the same forms, shapes and lines. My images, these shapes, do you recognize them now? How about here? It’s a delightful game to toe the line between familiarity and strangeness. It connects you and me. Do you see what I see? What do we add to each other’s experience when we see the same thing? Or when we see it completely differently?
I’m obviously not that concerned with realism. But I am just a little. That line between the obvious and the murky is fertile ground for story making. A little of mine, a little of yours…the other thing humor does is allow you to shoot your arrow at darker targets without letting anyone see you hit your mark. How fun, to be yourself, and not yourself at all.

Sarah Boyts Yoder is a mixed media painter living and working in Charlottesville, VA. She received an MFA in painting from James Madison University in 2006. She has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions in South Carolina, Texas, Florida, Washington D.C. and Virginia since 2006. Sarah has twice been a fellow at VCCA in 2013 and 2014. She received a professional fellowship in painting from the VMFA (Virginia Museum of Fine Art) for 2014-2015.

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