Sarah Beth Goncarova
Woodbridge, Connecticut

Sarah Beth Goncarova uses a variety of techniques to convey the importance of very contemporary dilemmas. Her hushed, thick brush strokes portray barren environments, bold textures, or photorealistic paintings in a state of flux. The viewer is invited into her paintings to join her in social activism that ranges from women's rights to environmentalism.

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Sarah Beth Goncarova 11/4/2011 | 6:56 PM

Will be exhibiting my piece "Woman in Cape" at the Generations VIII Biennial at A.I.R Gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn, from November 28th to Dec 23rd. See the image here:

Sarah Beth Goncarova 11/4/2011 | 3:40 PM

On the Rainy Season Series: It has always been more than just raindrops on a pane of glass. As this series evolves, so too does it cause me to grow with it. From the beginning this series has been one of experimentation, of pushing myself to grow, to see and express ideas in new ways. These pieces speak of environmental degradation and of how overdevelopment affects our perception. They show the world as one sees it separated by a piece of glass—being able to see it, but not be a part of it: are we doomed to be an observer in our own world? A conflict arises, because—as beautiful and atmospheric the rain is—it is damned miserable to be in. That pane of glass protects us from the cold and the wet, and why would we want to be in the rain anyway? Rainy Season continues the theme of environmental activism that appears throughout my work, but in a more personal, conflicted, and nuanced way.

Sarah Beth Goncarova 11/4/2011 | 2:42 PM

Working steadily on some new rainy season paintings. Here are some studio shots including some of the new pieces, about halfway done:

Sarah Beth Goncarova 10/4/2011 | 10:35 PM

I am happy to announce that two of my portraits are to be included in the catalog for the "Reversing the Gaze" exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA.

Sarah Beth Goncarova 6/4/2011 | 3:17 PM

Just got word that I've been accepted into the 50-50 show at Pacifica Art Center, juried by esteemed arts writer DeWitt Chang. For the show, the artists will each be making 50 small pieces in 50 days! I feel so honored to be chosen to participate in the show, and it is going to be a wonderful challenge. Wish me luck!

Sarah Beth Goncarova 5/10/2011 | 2:15 PM

This weekend, Alison Gass, curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will be lecturing on Hunks of Burnin' Love and the other paintings chosen for the Arts on Fire XV exhibit. Juror's talk this Sunday, May 15th, 4-5 pm at Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica.

Sarah Beth Goncarova 4/19/2011 | 10:06 AM

Dear Jeanne, Thank you so much for the thank you note! It warms my heart to know that you like it so much! Kindly yours, Sarah Beth

J Dornbos 4/19/2011 | 9:13 AM

Sarah - I received your painting, Sunday III, yesterday and I am thrilled! The pc screen certainly didn't do it justice. I wanted a piece that evoked peace and calm and was also drawn to this one as it reminds me of the northern landscapes where I grew up. Thank you so much for your beautiful work. Jeanne

Sarah Beth Goncarova 3/3/2011 | 12:43 AM

I am truly thrilled to announce that the SF MOMA Assistant Curator of Paintings and Sculpture has selected my painting "Hunks of Burnin' Love,"(acrylic on canvas, 90" x 66") for exhibition at Sanchez Art Center, in Pacifica, CA, April 8 - May 15, 2011!!!

Sarah Beth Goncarova 2/8/2011 | 11:18 PM

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Sarah Beth Goncarova 12/10/2010 | 5:59 PM

Thanks! The texture of the heavy watercolor paper that I use is smoother than cotton or linen canvas. In this particular piece, you don’t really see the texture of the paper underneath at all. It has many layers of underpainting that has created a rich texture, but not so much that it is distracting. As for framing. It needs to have a frame that has a backing board (the cardboard on the back for support), and be behind glass or plexi-glass. Any frame that has glass or plexi-glass comes with the cardboard backing board. Some collectors prefer to top-mount the works on paper to show off the edges, while others like the look of 2-3 inch matte, both ways look great. This piece would fit a ready-made frame of 24” x 32” or larger. Hope this helps, and please let me know if you have any more questions! Thanks so much, again. Orchard slope is one of my favorites so I am very glad you like it!

A Poster 12/10/2010 | 3:18 PM

Would you please explain the texture of oil on paper vs canvas? I love Orchard Slope, but I'm having a hard time picturing the medium. Would I still be able to frame in a traditional gilt frame?

Sarah Beth Goncarova 11/26/2010 | 12:54 AM

Thanks so much!

Ish2010 11/25/2010 | 10:17 AM

You have nice art work

Sarah Beth Goncarova 10/27/2010 | 6:01 PM

Hi Claire, Thanks for checking out the book online! It might be that I had to pdf the book to upload, plus there might be a difference in colors with the RGB to CMYK transfer. It could also be the background colors on the sites, which might affect the brightness. I know ugallery uses a bright white background, and on my own site I use a muted grey, which may make the piece look not-as-bright. I hope this helps! The third place to view ptgs would be on Go to portfolio, then paintings and that comes up with a chronological list of thumbnails from which you can navigate around. If there's a specific painting you'd like to look at more closely, just let me know!

C Cronin 10/27/2010 | 3:07 PM

Hi Sarah, I have a question about the actual brightness of the paintings. I was looking at your book on line and certain paintings seem completely different than on this UGallery site. Is there a third place to view them? thanks Claire

Sarah Beth Goncarova 7/5/2010 | 4:26 PM

Here's the link to preview my first monograph "A Yearlong Summer" Enjoy!!

Sarah Beth Goncarova 5/13/2010 | 1:05 AM

Finishing up the book "A Yearlong Summer" (the first monograph of my work) It is almost ready to be sent off to print. Will have a link up soon!!!

Sarah Beth Goncarova 4/22/2010 | 4:19 PM

Just got word that I'm going to be the June featured artist Push Pin Gallery Blog, which showcases artists who make work that deals with environmental issues. Please check it out here:

Sarah Beth Goncarova 4/14/2010 | 12:43 PM

Come stop by Open Studios this weekend, 12-6. 301 8th St @ Folsom, #245, San Francisco. Opening reception Friday night @ 7 pm!

UGALLERY 3/26/2010 | 7:01 PM

What makes SBG tick? Read our interview with her here:

Sarah Beth Goncarova 3/4/2010 | 2:07 PM

Very exciting- a catalog of my work from the past year will be ready by the end of April, featuring a beautiful introduction by the curator here at UGallery!

Sarah Beth Goncarova 2/18/2010 | 6:45 PM

Video performance piece "Xena vs. Zuul" will be playing through the month of Feb at Rock Paper Scissors gallery in Oakland. Do stop by and take a look!

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S Fonte purchased this artwork. 1/28/2010 | 9:52 AM

I have ordered a frame for this work, and will be better able to review it once it's been framed. I expect to be able to comment in another week. Thank you.

Sarah Beth Goncarova 1/14/2010 | 12:00 PM

Participating in this years Fun-a-Day-in-the-Bay at "Rock Paper Scissors" Gallery in Oakland, Feb 5. The premise of the show is that you do something fun everyday for the month of January and document it and submit it to the exhibition. It's going to be a great show! For more information about the exhibit, go to

Sarah Beth Goncarova 6/27/2009 | 4:15 PM

Thank you for your interest in my work! Blueberry Field I and At Woods Edge are still available, thanks for asking!

S Gabriel 6/27/2009 | 3:44 PM

Sarah, I love your work. Are At Wood's Edge and Blueberry Field I still available?

Sarah Beth Goncarova 4/9/2009 | 8:48 PM

You have good eyes - I think that the white background on the Ugallery website makes the colors look brighter than the muted background tones of my website. In real life the colors look as bright as the Ugallery site. Birthday Day is still for sale, thanks for asking!

CK 4/9/2009 | 6:50 PM

My aunt and uncle have collected his work for quite a while, it's magnificent. Anyhow, is your painting "Birthday Day" still for sale? And if so, I noticed that the colors (at least on this screen) appear more muted on your personal website. What site would you say best depicts the colors?

Sarah Beth Goncarova 4/9/2009 | 4:23 PM

Thank you, I am a fan of WK's work!

CK 4/9/2009 | 4:17 PM

I love you work, fan of Wolf Kahn by any chance?

Taraxacum Officinale II

Oil painting on stretched canvas
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30" h x 36" w x 2" d
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I was taken with how the light hit the morning dew on this field of dandelions. I used the Old Masters technique of layering light glazes of oil.

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