Thank you for taking the time to learn more about my background! Please read on to learn more about my biography, awards & exhibitions, articles & press, and a list of businesses where I’ve painted murals. Feel free to contact me if you would like to know more!
I strive to create artwork that portrays the beauty of nature and of life, with a feeling of calmness and tranquility. Oh, and sometimes I throw in something a little quirky too, just because.
Below are some of my professional highlights. If you’d like to get to know me outside of my art career, you can find me on Instagram @sarahjpederson.
- Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing; University of Wisconsin – Madison.
- Member, Salon of the International Society of Decorative Painters, since 2021.
- Member, International Decorative Artisans League (IDAL), since 2012.
- Graduate of Westby Area High School, Westby, WI.
- Former Career Highlights:
- Lead Administrator, Robert Half International, Eugene, Oregon.
- PR/Marketing Coordinator at Butler County Health Care Center, David City, Nebraska.
- Inventory Coordinator / Local Sales Assistant, WXOW-TV, La Crosse, WI.
Awards and Exhibitions
While my main focus is painting murals, I also paint on canvas, apply for exhibits, and create digital artwork. I truly find peace and joy in being able to create, regardless of the medium.
- “Survival” Exhibit featuring select artwork from private collection, Gundersen Health System, 3rd floor Skywalk Display Case, La Crosse, WI; July 1 – 31, 2019.
- “Las Vegas Portraits” Exhibit, Juried portrait contest honoring victims of the Las Vegas attack on Oct. 1, 2017, Clark Cty. Govt. Center, Las Vegas, NV; Sept. 17 – Oct. 19, 2018.
- “Birds of a Feather” Pop Up Exhibit, THE GALLERY at Grand River Station, La Crosse, WI; April 27-28, 2018.
- Featured Artist, Demonstration Arts Tent, Sponsored by Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath Store / First Supply; Artspire, June 10, 2017.
- The Official Artist of the La Crosse Loggers, 2017 Season.
- Winning Design, Logo Contest, Bekkum Memorial Library, Jan. 2017.
- “Survival” Exhibit showcasing my original canvas artwork. Pump House Regional Arts Center, Front Gallery, July 20 – Aug. 27, 2016.
- Juried Exhibition: [art]ifact, “Where History Meets Art.” Pump House Regional Arts Center, A collaboration of UW-L Dept. of History, La Crosse County Historical Society, and Pump House Regional Arts Center. Feb. 24 – April 17, 2016.
- 1st Place (Blue Ribbon), Vernon County Fair. Open Class Acrylic Painting, Sept. 11-14, 2014.
- Best Connection Award, “Mark My Words Again” Exhibit. Pump House Regional Arts Center, Sept. 5 – Oct. 19, 2013.
- First Place, Master Category. Washburn Garden Expo rain barrel painting contest, March 16, 2013.
- Director’s Choice, “1 Foot in the Door” Exhibit. Pump House Regional Arts Center, October 2012.
Articles and Press
I’m ever thankful for newspapers, publications, companies and friends who share my artwork with others. ♥ I’d love to create a mural for you that ends up in print or on tv ~ let’s fill the world with art!
- Mural in Caledonia, MN Pocket Park, The Caledonia Argus, Aug. 11, 2021 See the photo.
- Guest Speaker, The Artist Academy PodCast, July 14, 2020. Listen Now.
- Murals at Bekkum Memorial Library, Westby Times, July 3, 2020. Read the Article.
- Murals at Prairie Catholic School, Courier Press Newspaper, January 2020.
- Murals at DnA Vintners, Greens Coulee Life Publication, Sept. 2019.
- Murals in Gundersen Health System Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Dept; Funded with a grant by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
- Mural in new Westby Area Performing Arts Center, featured in The Westby Times, June 2018. Read the article.
- Featured Artist, ADRC Connect, ADRC of Monroe County, Sparta, WI, March 2018.
- “Everyone Has a Story”, WXOW News 19 with Heather Armstrong, July 27, 2017. See the story.
- Featured Artist, International Decorative Artisans League, February, 2017. See the video.
- Featured Artist, Philo Films & Issues, August, 2016. Read the newsletter.
- “Survival” Exhibit, La Crosse Tribune, July 9, 2016. Read the article.
- [art]ifact Exhibit, UW-L campus News. Feb 15, 2016. Read the article.
- Murals in the Westby-Christiana Fire Dept., featured in The Westby Times, December 2015. Read article #1. Read article #2.
- Featured Artist, La Crosse Magazine, Sept/Oct. 2015.
Little Free Library, Painting Donation in Coon Valley, Fall 2014. Read the article.
Henry Joseph Thomas Mural at Knutson Memorial Library, featured in The Westby Times, October 15, 2014. Read the article. Click the photo below to see the video that Henry’s mom, Tina, put together with photos of the mural in progress. Please keep them in your thoughts with this heartbreaking loss.
Four-seasons mural at Knutson Memorial Library, featured in The Westby Times, February 2013. Read the article.
Fall landscape mural featured in the LaCrosse Tribune, Home and Garden Section, April 2012. Read the article.
If you would like to see any of my work in person, here is a list of businesses I have worked with, beginning with my most recent and upcoming projects. I also have a long list of residential customers who would be more than happy to show you their murals, too!
- City of Caledonia, Street Scapes Committee, Caledonia, MN (Exterior Pocket Park Landscape Mural.) 2021
- Tobacco Warehouse Inn, Soldiers Grove (Exterior Signage & Logo.) 2021
- Pasture Pride Cheese, Cashton, WI (Interior Landscape & Mice Murals, Exterior Mouse.) 2021
- Central Park Gallery, Coon Valley, WI (Angel Wings Mural.) 2020
- Immanuel Lutheran Church, La Crosse, WI (Restroom Spring Mural, Trompe l’oeil Niches, & Faux Stained Glass.) 2020, 2018
- La Farge Elementary School, La Farge, WI (Sensory Path Mural.) 2020
- Nordic Creamery, Westby, WI (Exterior Petting Zoo Mural.) 2020
- Bekkum Memorial Library, Westby, WI (Exterior Bookshelf Mural.) 2020
- Westby Elementary School, Westby, WI (Sensory Path & Appleby Murals, Tree House Mural.) 2020, 2019
- Logan High School, La Crosse, WI (Rangers Weight Room Mural.) 2020
- First Ev. Lutheran Elementary School, La Crosse, WI (Music Room Murals.) 2020, 2017
- Adult & Teen Challenge Center-Western Wisconsin, La Crosse, WI (Play Room Mural.) 2019
- Prairie Catholic School, Prairie du Chien, WI (Library/Gym Murals.) 2019
- Paradise Paws Camp & Resort, Windsor, WI (Lobby/Kennel Murals.) 2019
- Cashton High School & Middle School, Cashton, WI (Memorial Mural.) 2019
- DNA Vintners, La Crosse, WI (Mailbox, Cranberry Bog Mural, Interior; Exterior Wine Murals.) 2019, 2018, 2017
- Gundersen Health System, Pediatric Hematology Oncology Department, La Crosse, WI (La Crosse Flora & Fauna Murals.) 2019
- Coon Valley Elementary School, Coon Valley, WI (Donor Tree Mural, Library Media Center Mural.) 2019, 2015
- Prairie Catholic School ~ Little Saints Learning Center, Prairie du Chien, WI (Noah’s Ark Mural, Port Hole Murals.) 2019, 2018
- Westby Area Middle School, Westby, WI (Inspirational Banner Mural.) 2018
- Westby Area Performing Arts Center, Westby, WI (100 Extraordinary Women Mural.) 2018
- Monroe County ADRC, Sparta, WI (Landscape Mural, lettering, logos, & trompe l’oeil sconces.) 2018, 2017
- Sedlock Dental, La Crosse, WI (Whimsical Tooth Fairy Forest Mural.) 2017
- Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Sparta, WI (Sheriff’s Badge Mural & Lettering.) 2017
- History Alive Project, Westby, WI (Logo design.)2017
- Royal Flush Dairy, Westby, WI (Logo design.) 2017
- Blaschke & Schneider Funeral Homes, La Crosse, WI (Exterior Holiday Signage.) 2017
- Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath / First Supply, La Crosse, WI (Claw foot tub/Artspire.) 2017
- La Crosse Loggers Baseball, La Crosse, WI (Loggers Legends Mural in Pro Shop.) 2017
- Immanuel Ev. Lutheran School, La Crosse, WI (Hallway & Restroom Murals.) 2016, 2015
- Tabby Town USA, Westby, WI (Memorial & Sponsorship Plaques.) 2015
- Westby Fire & Rescue / First Responders, Westby, WI (Emblems, Fire Truck & Landscape Mural.) 2015
- Coon Creek Fire & Rescue, Coon Valley, WI (Emblems & Landscape Mural.) 2014
- Knutson Memorial Library, Coon Valley, WI (Memorial & Landscape Murals, Little Free Library.) 2014, 2013
- St. Peter Lutheran Church, Hamburg Township, Chaseburg, WI (Dove Mural & Acanthaus Border.) 2012