We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Moon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sarah, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Well it really happened by accident. My high school sponsors an artist market each spring to raise money for the art program. Student artists were encouraged to participate, so i signed up for a booth. I discovered that i really enjoyed talking to people about my work, watching them become personally connected to a piece, and selling it to them to take home to live on. I had a lot of support at the market and dozens of requests for commissions. Commissions turned into a website, the website turned into a studio, and the studio turned into a business.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a young artist, so my style is still evolving. However, to date the focus of my work has primarily been large scale, mixed media pieces, including lots of color, text, and found objects. My work is inspired by my own spirituality, mental health, and life experiences. An art teacher once told me that it was far easier to evoke emotions of sadness within art, I think there is enough sadness in the world, so my goal is to evoke joy. “Happy to be here!” is a show I created during quarantine to exercise creativity and experiment with new materials. These pieces are inspired by the music that speaks to me, my personal spirituality, and the abstract expressionist movement. I wanted these works to create an environment that radiates color, positivity, and freedom of expression. The words I have chosen for these pieces are specific phrases or lyrics that have made me feel excited to be alive in a colorful, chaotic way. I am most proud of this series.

Through instagram and my website www.moonart.co, I have been able to grow professionally and reach new clients. I am a student at the University of Georgia, and the downtown Athens business community has been especially supportive by displaying my work or hiring me for murals or other large scale commissions for their businesses. The artist community in Athens and online is very supportive, I am very thankful for all the people I have met that continue to push me to be my best. I look forward to one day being able to offer the same support to others.

The biggest lesson I have learned along this journey, is that it is not enough to just have talent, work ethic is everything. The more hours I put in at the studio, the more satisfied I am with myself and my work.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite spot in Atlanta is Little Five Points. I love the unique energy, crazy thrift stores, and great local eateries. My favorite brunch spot is Folk Art, located in Virginia Highlands, I love their French Toast waffle. My favorite thrift store is Rag-O-Rama, but other stores like Psycho Sisters and the Clothing Warehouse are always a hit. Also, Paris on Ponce is a great shopping spot.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
All of the folks that have followed me on instagram and encouraged me along the way. I have been blessed with so many supporters from teachers to friends to parents, whether someone buys a sticker or a large commissioned piece, each one comes across as a vote of confidence and inspires me to continue creating.

Website: www.moonart.co

Instagram: moonart.co

Other: My email is sarahmoon751@gmail.com where i can be reached for commissions or other information.

Image Credits
Alaina Booth took my headshot.

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