Sarah Harper is a painter living in Diamond Harbour, Canterbury, New Zealand. Harper has been exhibiting since 1988 and is largely self taught. Inspiration for her practice comes from living and working as a woman in rural New Zealand.
Using the rural landscape as a platform to express concerns and interests, Harper's paintings are often large, presented with heavily textured surfaces and can be described as raw and provocative. Harper works in series creating multiple paintings simultaneously. Combining elements of discomfort and spirituality, and often using text and repeating motifs in simplified landscape platforms, Harper is eager to address issues such as feminism, hierarchy, bullying, social justice, connection and celebration of the underdog.