Cover Artist Sarah Lam

Inside East Sac October 2022

“This painting is a sleep scape depicting a girl in the moment just before she must wake. Some elements are literal like the twisted sheets, the dog curled at the girl’s side, while others like the horses and moths are part of the dream. The phone with the alarm going off signifies that the child must awaken and is a symbol of technology interrupting the sleep schedule of a tween. The composition is meant to read as a spiral or a whirlpool, which mimics sleep patterns.” Shown: “Tween Dreamscape,” oil and acrylic on wood panel, 48 inches by 60 inches. This piece, available for $3,500, was awarded a 2022 Inside Publisher’s Award in the California State Fair Fine Arts Competition. Visit or email

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