Sarah DeAngulo Hout is an artist in Columbus, Ohio. She creates illustrations, art and large scale murals through her small business "sarahthehout: creative endeavors". We interviewed Sarah to learn more about her background and her craft. Meet sarahthehout: creative endeavors at our Summer Maker Mart on June 3, 2018!
Tell us about your local business.
I am Sarah DeAngulo Hout and my freelance biz is “sarahthehout: creative endeavors.” My main gig is mural painting and random commission work, but sometimes I create smaller works so that I can indulge in an artist market here and there. I also have a side hustle I started a year ago called BrightEyes Prints & Fundraising. I grew up in the village of West Milton, Ohio, but I have called Columbus, Ohio home now for about 14 years. My overall mission is to create artwork that bears divine weight – images that move the heart, but engage the mind as well.
What drew you to your craft?
Creating has always been natural and exhilarating for me. However, if it weren’t for my high school art teacher, Mrs. Tryon, I don’t think I would have ever decided to focus on art as my career. She encouraged me to pursue a degree at the Columbus College of Art & Design… And giving in to her loving prod was honestly one of the best decisions of my life. While at CCAD, I chose to make Illustration my focus – I loved the diversity of each assignment, and that is why I love what I do now. Though I rarely create classically termed “illustration” work these days, each job is totally different than the last… Each gig has unique challenges and subject matter, and I find that fantastically fulfilling.
What is your favorite thing you have ever made?
Oh man, that’s a tough one! I pour my heart into every mural and work of art that I create, and even though there are pieces that I created 10 years ago that I desperately want to alter because I’ve grown leaps and bounds since then, I still have such a deep affection for those older works. Each painting is one of my children, haha… They’re all my favorites. ;)
What did you want to be when you grew up?
If you asked me when I was 9, I would have said a “teacher.” But that’s because I didn’t know I could actually be an artist! In my small town, the only artists I knew growing up were the lady who did rad outdoor senior photos and the crazy guy who created giraffe sculptures with a chainsaw out of wood. I never knew I that being an artist was actually a career option!
What is your creative process?
Since I create a lot of custom commission work, I often go to the space where the piece is going to be viewed. Then I ask about the overall vision of the client (if any) and feel it out. I ask myself questions like, “What colors will accent the work’s future home and make it sing? What ideas can I communicate visually that bridge the gap between the artwork and the space?) I marinate in all of the elements, and I do my best to not rush the inspiration process. I try to push past my initial ideas, because you never know what juicy ones are laying a little deeper, waiting to be unearthed.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Take more risks. Don’t be afraid to look like a fool. Get to know the artists who are shaking up the city, and put yourself in positions where you can chat with the affluent business owners and make more connections. Stop worrying about how you’re going to pay the bills, and just keep moving forward. Don’t let a seeming lack of resources make you stagnant – they will come as long as you put one foot in front of the other.
Why is it important to support local artists & makers?
Why wouldn’t you?! Why buy commercial when you have the option to buy local? Invest in your community. Artist and makers are front line pioneers who work hard to create unique, personal works, pushing the envelope and saying no to fear. They’re the right kind of risk takers and they represent the character of the community.
What advice do you have for other people who want to start their own businesses?
Just go for it. Don’t despise small beginnings, and just start taking those baby steps. Stop making excuses and waiting for the right moment. Doors of opportunity don’t usually open unless you’re moving forward.
What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?
Surprises are one of my ultimate love languages, and I’m constantly amazed & surprised at how beautiful our state is! I love that we have so many different types of landscapes… from wide open fields that roll for miles, to gorgeous wooded trails, lazy lakes and sprawling northern coast lines… what’s not to love!?