Born and raised in Elgin, Illinois, Sara Risley is a working artist living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She studied photography at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas followed by a 27-year career as a portrait photographer in Chicago, St. Louis, and Milwaukee. Since retiring, she works fulltime at her art. She is greatly influenced by the Abstract Expressionists as is evident in both her abstract photography and paintings. She has shown in juried shows and galleries in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Florida, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Indiana, and Missouri and her work is in private collections throughout the US. She is an avid volunteer at Literacy Services of Wisconsin where she tutors adults working toward their GEDs and is a huge fan of Milwaukee Repertory Theater.