Artist & Novelist Sarah Gilbert Fox
- Crazy, Turbulent History
– before the original abstracts and unique animals
I used to be a high school drop out – dropping out four times. Then I became a college drop out – twice. Then I became a beauty school drop out – once. Then I became a college drop out again – twice more. Eventually I became a high school graduate, a beauty school graduate, and a college graduate – and then I went on to write four novels, published in 14 different languages. Then I dropped out of sight because my mother (Betty Gilbert) died and then my husband (Bill a.k.a. William Price Fox) died – and they took part of me away with them. Then my new husband (Mark Tolson) built an art studio for me in our house upstairs, and I’ve been making a lot of mistakes and wasting a lot of paint ever since.
Important Places I
- I was born in Athens, Georgia.
- I was raised in Atlanta, GA and Columbia, SC (respectively).
- My great, great, great (many greats) grandparents were some of the original settlers on Edisto Island, SC, and having spent so much time on Edisto each year, I consider it my second home (our family home is located on Frampton’s Inlet – Whitmarsh).
Important Places II
Other places where I have lived and loved.
- Rocky Mount, NC
- NYC, NY
- Morristown, NJ
- Baltimore, MD
- Paris, France
- Fontainebleau, France
Goal as an Artist
My goal is to create original urban contemporary art, creating abstracts and mixed media paintings, as well my original animal paintings (perhaps, called raw art or primitive art). And to write another book. A book dedicated to my daughter, Jenkins – my greatest creation.
Being disciplined and remembering to play with words has allowed me to write four novels. The same applies to art. I’m at the canvas daily, where I focus on the joy of painting. Visions of kids painting skies green, giving cows five legs, and coloring outside the lines is my guide – especially when I’m too careful.
Original Art Philosophy
We were all born to paint, to make music, to write … to create. Then somewhere along our path we are taught that we are no longer worthy to use these talents – that we have become too old – that this part of our life has passed us by. But we are never too old to create. We just have to remember that it is okay to make mistakes. We have to remember to have fun playing around with words or notes or paints. Then we can go back in time to where we were born to paint, to make music, to write … to create. It is our gift to create for others, and when we do, we create original art using our own unique voice.
Novelist Sarah Gilbert (Fox) – her works
Before the original abstracts and unique animals, there were the novels.
About Sarah Gilbert – a novelist (writing under her maiden name, Sarah Gilbert), a journalist, an editor and an artist/sculptor. She was born in Athens, Georgia, and has lived up and down the east coast of America, as well as in Paris, France. Her first novel was discovered by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; however, Jamie Raab (the Publisher of Grand Central Publishing – originally Warner Books) was the editor who snagged it (under the Warner Books imprint)… only after the book had landed on a sport’s editor’s desk, and then said editor went to lunch with Jamie, laughing at how an agent could be stupid enough to send a sport’s editor a book called Hairdo. Et Voilà.
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