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Witchcraft and Wizardry

19.00"W x 25.00"H x 0.5"D

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Sarah Pippins

DENTON, TX

Medium: Drawing

Subject Tags: representational, fantasy, snowy, owl, nerdy, potter, harry, book, spell, monochrome, monochromatic, black, white, runescape

Media: pencil on paper

Size: 19"W x 25"H x 0.5"D

Year Created: 2011

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I grew up reading the Harry Potter series, which is clearly an inspiration for this piece. The snowy owl is reminiscent of Hedwig, and the spell book and wizard hat are just dead giveaways! This inspiration is where the title originates Hogwarts school of "Witchcraft and Wizardry." It's a rather silly, lighthearted drawing intended to express, perhaps, its future owner's love of the book series. Back in 2011, when I drew this, I actually received permission from the Biology department at the University of North Texas to observe and sketch their snowy owl cadaver-- they are much bigger than I realized and quite beautiful. Random fun fact: the symbols on the left page of the book are from the online game, Runescape, and are representative of air, earth, fire, and water!

Sarah Pippins is currently a DFW based artist, but lived in midwest Texas for the majority of her childhood. She was born in Virginia Beach, VA in 1991 as her father was in the Navy at the time. Her family moved to San Angelo, TX when she was 3 years old. It was here that she was placed in a GT program for testing high in the categories of art, math, and pattern recognition at age 6. She was one of the first studied groups of GT youth in the area. It was her time spent in this magnet program that she attributes much of her creativeness to, specifically drawing/painting and writing, as the school allowed her to focus more on her personal interests without hinderance. In junior high and high school, she developed an independent and eclectic mindset and fought against the cliche of school cliques by maintaining friendships and interests in many things. She excelled in several sports, math and science competitions, and theatre, but her true passion was and remains in the creative arts. She applied and was accepted to an early college program at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, TX at age 16, while her family simultaneously moved to Graham, TX. However, less than a semester into the program, she was dismissed for having alcohol and cigarettes in her dorm room. She was forced to move back to her family and attend high school in Graham, a much smaller town with stronger conservative Christian attitudes than she was accustomed to. Despite that, she still agrees that it was a better place for her two younger sisters to grow up in comparatively to their previous home which struggled with a violent gang and race wars. In her senior year of high school, she met her boyfriend/fiance of the next 6 years. After graduating high school in 2010, she chose to return to UNT, as she had previously fallen in love with the campus environment during her prior short enrollment, and was accepted instantly for having the 4th highest GPA of her class. She chose to double major in New Media Arts and Mathematics, but eventually dropped the later degree down to a minor, as she was ready to graduate (2015) and move on with starting her career and her family. However, her life plans that she had so carefully formulated fell apart as her fiance left her for another woman shortly after. She admittedly struggled with alcohol abuse and a dating app addiction as a coping mechanism for her failing relationship. She eventually lost her job in the art department for a grocery chain due to consistent tardiness, and went back to bartending which she had done throughout college. She had tremendous difficulty in finding motivation to make any work for a couple of years after that. Through the help of her friends and family, particularly her younger sisters, Emily and Jolie, she acknowledged that her life was heading in a bad direction and she sought to turn it around swiftly. Currently, she works as a graphic designer for printing company, but hopes to someday work from her art studio full time. She has just recently participated in her first art festival and plans on going to more in the future. She lives with her sister, Emily, who just graduated from UNT as well, with their two dogs in Crossroads, TX.

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