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Sarah Sudcowsky
(1976-    )

Sarah Sudcowsky was born to a family of artists in the northern Italian city of Como in 1976. Paintings by her Russian great-grandfather Mikail Gavrilovich Sudcovsky (who was official painter to the Czar, as was his father, Gavril Sudkovsky) hang in the Hermitage Museum of Art in St. Petersburg , and landscapes by his brother, Rufin Gavrilovich Sudkovsky (1850-1885) are even more well-known; her grandfather, Nikolai Mikailovich Sudcovsky (1898-1987), was a popular painter of horses in Russia and Italy; her grandmother, Nini Capucci, founded her own fashion design house (now called the house of Cristina Capucci, under the management of her aunt); and all the rest of her extended family (parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents) have been artists and painters as well. Sarah began drawing at the age of one, and from the age of four was always in the environment of the fashion industry, crawling under the seamstresses tables and collecting sparkly sequens, beads and other aesthetic bits–a fascination that eventually translated into an attraction to beautiful minerals.

At the age of eight Sarah received her first mineral specimen as a gift: a lovely demantoid, from a family friend and mineral collector who could not have known what he was starting. Since that time she has collected minerals with a passion, whenever she could find partners for field-collecting trips, and her collection has grown rapidly with treasures large and small. Her greatest love has become the wonderful island paradise of Elba, where she knows almost every good collecting spot and every mineral species found there, and has made important finds over the years. In fact, Elba has continued to be an inspiration for her mineral artwork, though she has expanded to include worldwide localities and minerals as well.

Sarah attended the Art High School at the Casnati Studies Center, and at the age of 17 began studying to become an illustrator at the European Design Institute. During those years her artwork was often chosen to represent the school, its classes and courses at formal art shows. At 20 she began creating drawings for the award-winning tattoo artist Ronny Kullmann. In 2002 she gained experience at an important Fashion Drawing Center runway show called Avantgard. There she developed a proficiency with Photoshop and computer graphics, skills which she added to her repetoire of hand-drawing and painting techniques.

In 2003 she began developing the idea combining fantasy and mineralogy by writing and illustrating a book about faeries and minerals. Le Fate dei Cristalli ("Faeries of Crystals") has become her most important project in recent years. The book is built around her paintings depicting minerals surrounded by their faery guardians, with text about both real and fantastic aspects of minerals, and odd stories, legends, lore, incidents and discoveries involving mines, minerals, mineral collectors and "Little People" all over the world. The paintings have an ethereal glow, with the coloring of each fairy matching that of the mineral specimen it guards. The book is nearing completion now and will eventually be published in Italian and English editions.

Sarah's usual approach involves a combination of ink, watercolor, and virtual airbrush techniques which are joined together into a final collage. She depicts specimens in the context of their localities and mines in order to represent them in the most complete way, believing in a philosophical sense that each mineral incorporates colors, energies and shapes drawn from the environment around it, much as a good wine includes the scent and the taste of herbs, fruits and trees around its vineyard. In addition to the artwork for her book she also does other mineral "portraits," in her usual fantasy style. Sarah currently lives in Lipomo, Como province, Italy, with her family, her cherished kittens and her other pets. She can be contacted at morticia7@inwind.it.

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The Mineralogical Record: Sarah Sudcowsky - The Candelabra Tourmaline The Candelabra Tourmaline
From the Tourmaline Queen mine,California. Ink, watercolor and virtual airbrush collage on art paper, 21 x 30 cm. From the forthcoming book Fate dei Cristalli("Faeries of Crystals"). The subject is the famous "Candelabra" elbaite specimen from the 1972 find at Tourmaline Queen mine,Pala,California, now in the Smithsonian institute. Copyright Sarah Sudcowsky 2004.
The Mineralogical Record: Sarah Sudcowsky - Fluorite- Rogerley Mine, England Fluorite- Rogerley Mine, England
Ink, watercolor and virtual airbrush collage on art paper, 21 x 30 cm. From the forthcoming book Fate dei Cristalli (Faeries of Crystals). Copyright Sarah Sudcowsky 2004.
The Mineralogical Record: Sarah Sudcowsky - The Erongo Emperor-- Erongo Mountains The Erongo Emperor-- Erongo Mountains
Ink, watercolor and virtual airbrush collage on art paper, 21 x 30 cm. From the forthcoming book Fate dei Cristalli (Faeries of Crystals). The subject is "The Erongo Emperor," an aquamarine, schorl, smoky quartz and feldspar specimen measuring 4 x 7 x 7 cm, in the collection of the artist. Copyright Sarah Sudcowsky 2005.
The Mineralogical Record: Sarah Sudcowsky - Fluorite- Mont Blanc, France Fluorite- Mont Blanc, France
Ink, watercolor and virtual airbrush collage on art paper, 21 x 30 cm. From the forthcoming book Fate dei Cristalli (Faeries of Crystals). The subject is inspired by a real specimen of pink fluorite and smoky quartz, modified by the imagination of the artist. Copyright Sarah Sudcowsky 2004.
The Mineralogical Record: Sarah Sudcowsky - Mushroom Elbaite- Burma Mushroom Elbaite- Burma
A wonderful botryoidal elbaite specimen from Mogok, Burma, in the collection of Bill Larson; watercolor and virtual airbrush collage on art paper, 21 x 30 cm. From the forthcoming book Fate dei Cristalli (Faeries of Crystals). The subject is in Bill Larson collection. Copyright Sarah Sudcowsky 2005.
The Mineralogical Record: Sarah Sudcowsky - Benitoite & Neptunite--S. Benito County, California Benitoite & Neptunite--S. Benito County, California
Ink, watercolor and virtual airbrush collage on art paper, 21 x 30 cm. From the forthcoming book Fate dei Cristalli (Faeries of Crystals). The specimen has been inspired by a benitoite and neptunite specimen from the Ralph Clark collection, modified by the imagination of the artist. Copyright Sarah Sudcowsky 2004.
The Mineralogical Record: Sarah Sudcowsky - Aegirine- Malawi Aegirine- Malawi
Ink, watercolor and virtual airbrush collage on art paper, 21 x 30 cm. From the forthcoming book Fate dei Cristalli (Faeries of Crystals). The subject is an aegirine, orthoclase, smoky quartz, zircon and xenotime-Y specimen of cm 10 x 12 x 15, in the collection of the artist. Copyright Sarah Sudcowsky 2004.
The Mineralogical Record: Sarah Sudcowsky - Canada Vesuvianite Canada Vesuvianite
Ink, watercolor and virtual airbrush collage on art paper, 21 x 30 cm. From the forthcoming book Fate dei Cristalli (Faeries of Crystals). The subject has been freely inspired by a specimen published on the Rivista Mineralogica Italiana. Copyright Sarah Sudcowsky 2005.
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