Artist Focus:  Sarah Fowler 

I have a special treat for you today! Sarah Fowler, of the United Kingdom, is one of my  first and most supportive artist friends from the Zentangle® Mosaic App. She creates the most marvelous marbled tiles for tangling! They are so lovely, I struggle to put a pen to them.

Sarah also has created 5 unique patterns, one of which, Strutz, was chosen as the featured pattern recently at Whether it’s tangling, deconstructing patterns or creating beautiful marbled tiles, Sarah is truly an artistic soul. She was one of the first people to comment kindly on my work and I’ve recently realized just how big a deal this type of positive feedback is for an artist! I’m speaking for myself but I have seen plenty of evidence that most artists feel this way. We are hyper critical about our creations, afraid to let others see it for fear of rejection, yet desperate to share it and get feedback. Rejection of our work is like disrespecting our children! So, for the most part, we hide that vulnerability and our art! All of you artistic types probably experience something similar, so you know! Sarah Fowler helped me learn to be unafraid (at least within the safe environment of the Mosaic app) and as I began posting art, I discovered I’m just one of the group. We all feel inadequate or are too picky about showing our art, but we do it anyway. Thanks Sarah for your encouragement of me as well as all the support you give to the community at large!

Now it’s time to meet the lovely Sarah Fowler!

Sarah Fowler

Sarah writes:  “I graduated from Plymouth University back in the eighties (back then it was a lowly Polytechnic) in Environmental Science. I had wanted to go out and save the planet from the evils of the human race, but no one wanted to pay you back then, so ended up on a conservation scheme teaching primary school kids about their local wildlife, which I loved, until they cut the funding.

Big Dave and Albert! Read Albert’s story here!

Then got a job at London Zoo in the insect House! That was an adventure! Then finally settled into a job learning to be a fingerprint officer and scene examiner for the London Metroplitan Police.  I stuck with this for almost twenty years, met my beloved hubby and had two fantastic boys.

Then about eight years ago a toxic mix of undiagnosed glandular fever, work related stress and parental bereavements forced me to give up work and reassess what I was doing to myself.

I slowly got better and regained some of the old me and am now working as a relief manager for a local charity shop for Ageuk.

I discovered Zentangle in August 2015 through my sister in-law who lives in Texas. I was having a particularly difficult time coping with two rather challenging volunteers at the shop. As my self-confidence and ability to cope with stress weren’t what they used to be, they were starting to get to me, when my sister in law suggested I try Zentangle as a way to deal with how these people and how the situation was affecting me.

Well…. talk about a lightbulb moment!……..learning zentangle was like rewiring my brain…I could draw something beautiful without worrying how it would turn out. No decision making, no changing it halfway through, no mistakes! At the end of each tile I felt like a new person, more relaxed and able to tackle what life would throw at me. My mother was an artist and I grew up always frustrated with my attempts at ‘art’, as it would never turn out how I wanted it to!

Like so many other people, zentangle just swept me away into another world of discovery and I have loved every minute. I had hoped to attend CZT seminar 28 but had a bit of a blip so had to cancel. I hope to get there one day as I would love to teach zentangle. The Zentangle® Mosaic App has had an amazingly positive effect on my tangling and my confidence…the unparalleled supportiveness of the zentangle community has really made such a difference to my outlook on life!”

Wow! Sarah I know it doesn’t seem so to you, but you’ve had some amazingly interesting life experiences! Thanks  so much for sharing your story, your art, your compassion and your positive attitude. They’ve made a difference in my life!

Many of Sarah’s patterns are featured here in these pieces and if you are interested in her patterns, you can find her step-outs here. My personal favorite is c-snake. Well, and Strutz…Which will be yours?

Apparently, good friend CZT Terri Delaune had a hand in naming a couple of these! (She is quite handy to know!) If you try one of Sarah’s patterns be sure to # pattern name so Sarah can find and appreciate it!


9 thoughts on “Artist Focus:  Sarah Fowler ”

  1. Wow o wow o wow! Sarah has just won a prize place in my heart for sweet Big Dave and Albert! I can really dig this (gee, that phrase dates me, huh!), since Flambé and Cognac are weaving a story of their own. Sarah, I’m not only in love with your characters, but wow, your tangling is awesome! (huge fan of your patterns, especially Strutz). Thanks so much for letting Cyndee share your story,,with all its twists and turns. So delighted to know you now …..

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    1. Thank you so much Barb for your kind words, I don’t know if you are on the zentangle mosaic app but Albert and his buddies can be found there if you are interested. Many thanks again
      Sarah 🤗

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  2. I agree with Barb. Sarah has a talent and style hard to pin down. She is an amazing illustrator (I’m trying to convince her to work with me on some children’s stories). There isn’t a pattern out there she can’t master, just peruse her gallery to get an idea of the depth and breadth of her designs, compositions, and techniques. She is quite prolific. She is also extremely supportive, as is this entire community, and would be a fantastic addition to this CZT community. She’ll make it to Seminar, she is more than ready for it. Then who knows what she’ll do next, but I’m hoping it will be a studio.!!

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  3. Wow! Thank you Cyndee, I’m still mulling it over ( to be honest Facebook scares me a bit 😳). Please convey my thanks to everyone and a big hug🤗

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