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Meet Wild Heart Gallery's Lead Juror, Sarah Soward

Image of Sarah Soward. A woman with dark orchid-colored hair and reading glasses wearing a black hooded, zip-up shirt and carmine-colored top.
Sarah Soward. Photograph by Tony Pinto

Sarah Soward is the lead Juror at Wild Heart Gallery. She is a contemporary wildlife artist who incorporates Surrealism, story, and symbolic color choices into her work. She uses her particular take on wildlife art to elicit love for these animals and inspire conversations and action around their conservation and care. Her wildlife artwork also touches on topics outside of animal conservation such as the power of persistence.

She holds a BFA from the California College of the Arts, is a multi-year finalist in the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition. Her work has shown in museums in the US and abroad, and appeared in the Londonist and BBC Wildlife Magazine.

Along with Lois Paul White, Sarah Soward started the monthly open studio event in San Mateo, California, via Claremont Art Studios.

Sarah was the art director of a grassroots non-profit for a number of years and is an Official Corporate Supporter of the International Rhino Foundation (IRF). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Sarah Soward's art is donated to the IRF.

See her artwork at or follow along on Instagram or Facebook.

Callisto, copyright Sarah Soward, shows a sun bear sheltering a rhino.
Callisto, copyright Sarah Soward 2021


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