Sarah Paolucci

April 1-May 13, 2016

In this series, these oil paintings tell the story of each artist/musician/craftsperson. I am painting hands, which are creating their own narrative. I am merely giving them a platform to display their knowledge. Hands are how we interact with the world around us, and connect us to the physical and the sensory. Hands that are playing, building, digging, planting, making or creating intrigue me; the creation of one’s own loving art, made with the tools that we all possess. From musicians in the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, to potters, to hair stylists, to chefs, each story is different, and yet each is just as sincere. These paintings portray genuine artists, doing what they love.

I love creating new things, and in this series, I’m creating hands. Hands that, in turn, are creating their own story, but told through my own lens, the way I know best how to tell a story: through painting.

Sarah Paolucci lives at Artspace in Hartford with her husband (also an artist) and her dog (not an artist, but a work of art himself). She received a BFA in Illustration from the Hartford Art School and has been working as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer ever since. Sarah started drawing at an early age and was always intrigued by hands. Realizing that hands were a common theme in her work, she did the natural thing and decided to make them the focus of this series.

Sarah is co-founder of Hand Drawn Hartford, a community of artists who get together to do urban sketching within the city walls. Her piece, “Green Onions” was recently featured in Nor’Easter, a juried members show at the New Britain Museum of American Art. In 2015, she was featured in a juried show of only nine artists hosted by Jerry’s Artarama. She has been featured in numerous other juried shows over the past several years. Sarah is available for commission work. You can find more of her artwork online at