Meet Sara Credito

By Leslie Moore

Meet Sara Credito

Visitors to Sara Credito’s home in Pawleys Island are greeted with an explosion of colorful, whimsical art, most of which she created. Her paintings, some reminiscent of Monet, others more “Klimt-like,” are a direct reflection of the artist’s love of the South Carolina coast, specifically Pawleys Island. Sara, the owner of w.i.n.k. Art (whimsically inspired, naturally keen) is a self-taught artist who began her work on glass, but has since expanded her creative expressions to canvas. Sara’s work is bright and fun, but, on closer inspection, the spirituality of her work draws the viewer in for another look. Sasee was invited to this delightful woman’s home to learn more about her and her unique approach to art and life.

Sara, when did you begin your work as an artist?

I started painting on glass and developed w.i.n.k. (whimsically inspired, naturally keen) Art about two years ago. When my husband, Steve, and I moved here from Baltimore, I was a pharmaceutical rep with Johnson & Johnson, but retired soon after our move. I loved working on glass, but I wanted more versatility and moved to canvas.

I’m not a trained artist. My work is very much a part of me, and who I am. When I paint, the spiritual side of me takes over; it’s almost as if I channel the work – I know this is what I’m supposed to be doing. Things show up in my work that I never intended to be there – every piece has “eyes” somewhere, and I never actually put them there! The beauty of Pawleys Island inspires me – I think we live in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Due to the very positive response I’ve gotten from my work, I have developed a line of note cards as well as prints and original paintings. I don’t do commissions, though, my art flows from the heart.

Please tell our readers about “Paint It Forward.”

I came up with the idea of Paint It Forward as a way to give back. During my first art show two years ago, I thought that asking celebrities to paint on glass, and then using the finished pieces in an auction to raise money, would be a great way to help charities. It has been a huge success. Locally, I’ve done events for Tidelands Hospice and Waccamaw Hospital. I’ve also worked with Hope House Foundation in Norfolk, Virginia. One of my paintings was chosen to represent the Stockley Gardens Art Festival, and we held the most successful Paint It Forward event thus far. Several other opportunities have stemmed from the success of this event. I am very excited about the future of w.i.n.k. Art and a possible partnership with a nationwide organization. Please stay tuned for more details!

Meet Sara Credito

Tell our readers a little more about yourself.

My husband and I have been married for 37 years and have two sons, Ryan and Derrick. Ryan lives here and has an eight year old son, Nicholas Steven, whom we adore! We spend as much time with our grandson as possible. Our life in Pawleys Island really is idyllic. We have made some wonderful friends and have a very full social life.

I spent a lot of time on my art, but I do workout on my elliptical machine. I’m not a “real” golfer, but I play a little for fun. We also love to travel when we can.

How can people see more of your work?

I have a website, www.winkartink.com and my work is featured on www.fineartamerica.com. Locally, I can be contacted by phone at 843-235-3390.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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