We had the good fortune of connecting with Sacha Hope and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sacha, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
Making a life for myself where I do what I love for a living has been such a gift. I get to paint all day, I get to create landscapes and portraits and abstracts full of light, color and joy. Each step of my journey I have never thought of my occupation or career as work. Being able to blend work and play seamlessly throughout life has changed me. The arts have always guided me. I have been lucky to take my skills in so many directions. Each stage helping me grow and succeed as a person. Each new pathway or door opening to a lesson. Being surrounded by interesting and inspiring people. What more could you ask for, and still pay the rent, put food on the table and clothe your family? Find a way to do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Oh to talk about my art… Each piece I work on has its own story to tell. There are layers and layers of lessons. I paint, every day what I feel, think and enjoy. I try to put a positive spin on each subject I attack. That is just my way across this life. This last year or so has been vast amounts of lessons in my art. I am currently battling an Invasive Breast Cancer, and all the crazy things that that entails. From surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and most of all balancing my mental state, at the same time battling to save my life. I have continued to paint throughout this cancer journey, and to use my art as a cathartic release for each stage. I have continued work on a series of connectivity and emotion paintings. Letting the paint and canvas tell my story. Some dark things came out of this experience, but I like to push through in the art and bring in the light and positivity. Whether it be through sunshine, sunsets, eyes or abstracts I like to show the joy fighting its way to the light. I want people to really feel something when they look at my work. But I never stop painting Hearts, Happy Little Flowers and Pop Art Animals when I just need pretty things to get though the pain and hell of it all. Currently, I am most excited by my transition to huge works. Projects that are five feet and above in size. Some smaller Abstract works have also really touched my heart. I am just happy to have the energy to paint. I want to make people to be moved when they approach my art. I try to put a piece of happy in each piece. I want to pass on my life lessons with paintings that emote joy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
What are the greatest, most inspiring places to visit for me in San Diego? I always start with Balbo Park Museums. I can’t get enough of curated exhibits. Especially art museums. Then I go to nature. Each beach has its own vibe and tells a different story. There are plenty of hiking spots to challenge yourself and find amazing views. Just a little trip up the 15 Freeway puts you in Temecula Wine Country and all the wonderful wineries. Amazing places to eat, drink fantastic wine, and socialize with friends and loved ones. I personally like to Plein Air paint in all these places: being able to paint outside in the wonderful Southern California weather is magical. It is one of my favorite things to do with friends.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have so many people to thank for my successes. Sir Isaac Newton made his most famous statement: “If I have seen further it is by standing on the Shoulders of Giants”. I am a Associate Artist with Dorland Mountain Arts. The encouragement, comradery and inspirational people from all the different arts mediums have really helped me grow as an artist. Dorland is a beautiful, 300 acre artists retreat where artists, writers, musicians and composers can create in a secluded, natural setting. It is located near Temecula Valley Wine Country. By truly listening to others, sharing our inspirations and building each other up in our creative endeavors, we are lifted. I choose to surround myself with people who feed my mind, body and soul. I hope I feed them too, and show them their beauty and potential. They let me shine, exactly as I am. They are my ever-changing tribe of brilliant, smart, creative beings. They know who they are, because I tell them and I value them. There is no greater currency in this world, than the value of your tribe. People that make you laugh, love and live. Then I paint all of this, because I am inspired. One particular Artist from this group, Carole Degnan, has been a priceless addition to my creative growth, as well as an amazing friend. She is a bright light, a muse of shorts, her passion for nature feeds into mine. We are very different as painters, but we seem to share the same voice for beauty and emotions. You can see the effects in both of our works. We try to paint together whenever we can. You never know what will be created and we both find such joy in the work and each other. I like to imagine we are much like the impressionists of 200 years ago. We inspire each other. Some great art works have come from our friendship. Our peers are a true source of inspiration.
Photos by Delisa Mannix Photography