5 questions for Big Artist Sara Senseman

We’re asking our Big Artists five quick questions to find out how they feel about mentoring Little Artists.

Next up: Sara Senseman of Cargo Collective

How long have you been a Big Artist?

This is my first year being a Big Artist.

What is your favorite thing about the program?

I love seeing my little artist improve. It’s amazing how much someone can improve on a skill in only eight three-hour sessions. My favorite part is looking back at their first tries at a new medium or tool, and comparing it to the final product. It’s always impressive.

What is it about teaching and mentoring that makes you happy?

For me, mentoring is a sort of stress reliever. You stop thinking about yourself and your life, and focus on helping someone else. It’s very relaxing and rewarding.

When you were a kid, did you have a mentor or someone who gave you a push toward art?

My high school art teacher really made a big impact on my life choices dealing with my art. She gave me the confidence to apply to good art schools for college and made me believe that my work was good enough to turn into a career. If it weren’t for her, I probably wouldn’t have thought I was good enough to even apply to art schools, much less start my own business with my artwork.

Where can people find your work?

My website is the best place to view my artwork at the moment: www.cargocollective.com/sarasenseman. I am about to switch from Etsy to Amazon Handmade, so that will come soon. I also post artwork and updates to my art Facebook page: www.facebook.com/artistcouple

Sara Senseman