For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

I like to think about things we can't or don't see. All my work is born out of that place.  We were made to seek  - beauty, justice, truth - things unseen -  and to make them visible through our lives.

My academic career started as a Provost Scholar at VCU and ended with a First Degree in Printmaking at Loughborough University School of Art and Design in the Midlands of England. I have taken the love of process and technique found in etching and applied it to my current painting work.

I currently reside in the tiny beautiful state of Rhode Island. I am mostly in the studio and available for workshops and lectures on a limited basis.

For information about any of the pieces on this site, available workshops, or to book a lecture or workshop, or to tell me what you really think, please email me at inquiries@rsawanwhite.com.

A selected list of past exhibitions and galleries

Interview on the AM Frequency Podcast

Want to know more about what I do? Listen to my interview with Alex Mejias on the AM Frequency Podcast.

VMFA Blog

read my guest blogger entry for the Virginia Museum of Fine Art

Knowing your context

a review on BioLogos.org

Past Lectures

Talks

I have had the great joy and privilege to work with many Art Museums, Art Leagues, Schools, Universities, and other Non-Profit Organizations over these past many years. Whether teaching technique and skill through workshops and seminars, or discussing theory, history and research at a lecture or conference; being involved with others in these ways is inspiring and challenging to me as an artist. If you would like to more about any of these programs or to contact me about availability please email me inquiries@rsawanwhite.com

  • Contemporary Beauty: An Examination of Aesthetics within Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Art
  • Postmodernism and Personal Identity: A look at the shifting roles of portraiture in
  • Postmodernism, Virginia Museum of Fine Art
  • The Mould and Deckle: An overview of Papermaking, Virginia Museum of Fine Art
  • The Figure in Art: A Survey, Various Organizations
  • The Anatomy of a Painting: A look at the fundamental elements of Art within masterpieces, Westminster Canterbury Summer Lecture Series
  • Art and The Narrative: a study of story throughout Art History, Westminster Canterbury Lecture Summer Series July 2011
  • Impressionism: Influences and Impacts, Westminster Canterbury Lecture Summer Series
  • Creativity, Your Brain and 1000 Grains of Rice: What current neuroscience can tell us about being creative, Virginia Association of Independent Schools
  • Art and Social Action: Using the Arts to teach Engagement and Empathy, Virginia Association of Independent Schools
  • The Other Side of Inspiration: a discussion with R. Sawan White on creativity, Orchard House School
  • The Makers Series: with author Amy Julia Becker, artist R. Sawan White and musician Andy Zipf
  • Education Panel Contributor, Common Good RVA 2014 Conference: an exploration of faith, neighborhoods, and vocation