Elizabeth Sauder, Cahoots’ Wild Child

The first week of every month we will feature little known back stories of the artists you’ll find at Artists in Cahoots.   This is our first – look for more to come.  Between these features, we’ll throw in a some breaking news.  Stay tuned.


Elizabeth Sauder is always plotting a creative adventure.


Wanting to paint where the horizon is visible in all directions, Elizabeth hopped a train to Nebraska. She’d never been there before; she knew no one there.  She just felt it was something she needed to do.  A total change of scenery and inspiration, the antithesis of the Shenandoah Valley.


She headed to Great Britain where she sought a place for creative inspiration.   She chose Cornwall, where she struggled to find her muse, but then it happened: a whole new style and a whole new feel.   Amazing.

Elizabeth Sauder

Elizabeth as a carny?   Not expected, but the inspiration hit.   She traveled with carnivals around Southwest Virginia.  Camping where they camp and spending time capturing their sense of place.