So, since updating my artist statement the other month; it got me thinking about my vision and what my art is truly about. I really got to thinking about WHY I create. There’s one thing which comes up again and again; and that is ESCAPISM.

So I thought I’d elaborate a little on this topic. A huge part of why I have always created is to escape from negative emotions or boredom and when I was younger this was very much the case as I struggled a lot with depression. I would come home from school and immediately get my pens out and start drawing to forget about the day. 

I certainly don’t feel like that anymore but it’s still an escape. It has the ability to calm me down and put me into a meditative state but at the same time energise. Although I’m happy with my life now (most of the time) I still need that time to get into the zone and just be at one with creating.

Digital art of abstract floating landscape by Sara Houqe

I use images from nature a lot on my work as for me its the ultimate escapism. Having lived most of my life in fairly built up areas, I love to get out into nature and experience the calm sanctuary it has to offer. There’s so much beauty and variety out there to experience. 

I like to mix these images with abstract and colourful elements which give them their dream like quality. This is the basis for my new series of prints. Dream like landscapes which float in peaceful skies. 

It’s a place to escape, relax, and experience the wondrous.

Abstract landscape floating on pink clouds by Sara Hoque

I also want YOU, the viewer to feel the same way as I do when I’m creating my art. To feel that you have a place to dream, a sanctuary, an escape. 

Waterfall landscape collage floating on blue skies by Sara Hoque