SARAH CAPPS | United States


SARAH CAPPS is an artist from Charlottesville, Virginia. She works in acrylic, oil, and watercolor to merge her experience of sound-to-color synesthesia in music with the local landscape. The landscape provides a calming and serene backdrop for her experience of bold visuals of color, texture, and form within music. In addition to hybrid musical landscapes, she also creates abstract variations of her visual experience of music. 

How does she create paintings based on music? Good question. Sarah has synesthesia, or a crossing of two or more senses, and it allows for a unique visual experience of colors, shapes and various textures while listening to music. Her goal is to capture the song and its feeling by sharing her experience of particular instruments, the singer’s voice, and/or a collage that serves as an imprint of the entire song. It’s like trying to hit a moving target. She attempts to convey that movement by using many layers of paint to express the forms within the song, which also allows for greater texture and vibrancy in the final product.

Sarah’s process is unique for each painting that she creates. When she begins a painting, depending on whether it’s a commission or a song that she chose, she listens to the song a number of times, at least 20, and selects a meaningful portion of the song related to the requester (or herself if she chose it). Then she attempts to capture the emotion and meaning of that song with a number of layers revealing the movement of the visuals she experiences while listening to the music. She frequently receives commission requests for weddings, anniversaries, proposals, birthdays, and just because from other music lovers.

In 2018, Sarah has shown her works at the Brick Lane Gallery in London, the Earth Fire Spirit Gallery in Lexington, Virginia, The Local in Charlottesville, Virginia, and also participated in Prague Art Cocktail II, a one month exhibition featuring 30 artists from around the world in the Czech Republic. Sarah was honored to be the only artist representing the USA, and hopes to continue sharing her work across the globe. In December 2018, she will have pieces traveling to The ROOM Gallery in Venice, Italy for the Contemporary Venice International Exhibition.


"Big Sur", acrylic on canvas.

"Big Sur", acrylic on canvas.

"Bittersweet Symphony" , acrylic on canvas.

"Bittersweet Symphony" , acrylic on canvas.

"Bootylicious", acrylic on canvas.

"Bootylicious", acrylic on canvas.

"Kayla's Song", acrylic on canvas.

"Kayla's Song", acrylic on canvas.

"Nothing Compares 2 U", acrylic & oil on canvas.

"Nothing Compares 2 U", acrylic & oil on canvas.


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