Sarah Buell Dowling is an award-winning artist and illustrator. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, she continued her post-graduate studies at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, and with numerous nationally recognized artists in Savannah, Georgia.

Recognitions for Sarah’s art include First Prize in watermedia at the Biennale National Exhibition 2015 in Hilton Head, various awards from the Georgia Watercolor Society, The Southern Watercolor Society, The Watercolor Society of Alabama (where she just became a Signature Member), The Jekyll Island (Georgia) Art Association, the Glynn Art Association (St. Simons Island, GA), and The Mount Dora (Florida) Art Association.

Sarah has illustrated four books and several children’s toys. Frog’s Rainy-Day Story and Other Fables, written by Michael James Dowling and illustrated by Sarah is being published in Brazil in Portugese, South Korea and Russia. Focus on the Family is taking over publication in 2025. Flip Along Fun, won the Mom’s Choice Award designating it among the best of family-friendly products. One of the toys she illustrated received the Toys of the Year award from Parenting Magazine; another was chosen as Children’s Book of the Month Club Main Selection.

Ms. Dowling also has designed whimsical stuffed animals and women’s wear. Her creations have been featured in numerous publications, including House Beautiful, Town and Country, Mademoiselle, Vogue, and USA Today.

Sarah has three grown children and lives in Nashville, TN with her husband.

 Artist’s Statement

I believe I was made to create. I’ve always created; I can’t help it!

I would love for my art to tug at that small place in each person that is still vulnerable. I long to awaken the sensitive part in all of us that is beneath the busyness, the slick and the cool.

I hope my art, in some small way, illuminates the way in which the Creator’s hand touches us –

I never thought that a painting I did with enticing lips would be chosen to be on a billboard!

“Reflections” – part of a larger watercolor painting.


  1. Derran Smalls

    I have never been to an art museum nor have I ever known the slightest thing about art, but when I saw the billboard of your “Reflections” painting it hypnotized and tugged at my consciousness.
    You have truly been blessed with heavenly talent

  2. Patricia Hubbard

    Sarah, Your talent is wonderful but you are a treasure in more ways than just art!! Your St. Simons Island friends, Pat and Al