Sarah Wieben worked at the American Embassy in Moscow before moving on to teach American history at a Russian high school for a period of five years. And it was in Moscow that she discovered art and decided that she wanted to pursue art education upon her return to the U.S.
Wieben says, "It sometimes happens in life that events compel us to face the fact that none of us has as much control over our own lives as we like to think we do. I see this too in the landscape when I paint it. We have our hands on the land. We attempt to harness its power, to use it, to change the face of it. Forgetting all the while that it is our host and that we may someday wear out our welcome. My current work reflects man’s constant, often futile struggle to control his life and the natural world."