Speech Language Pathology Assistant Sarah Bryan Hickey is a 20-something from Dallas, Texas, living out her lifelong dream of being an artist. She’s always had a passion to create, make people smile, and leave a lasting impression. This season, she has been blessed with the flexibility to work in a pediatric home health setting as well as do the very thing she loves: painting.
For Sarah, her art is slowly evolving as she continues to explore the media of acrylics. Each abstract piece stems from scripture, which is the foundation of each painting. Her desire is to illuminate God’s already impressionable word with color and movement. She also wants to paint with a purpose. For every painting she sells, a portion goes towards feeding the poor in third-world parts of the Philippines through the nonprofit organization Compassion for Asia.
Sarah Bryan Hickey
Half-Filipino, quarter-Mexican, quarter-Spanish
What does it mean to you to “Go Against The Grain?”
“’Going Against The Grain to me means pushing myself to my full potential. It means doing something I was created to do for a greater purpose and doing something out of the ordinary.”
What made you decide to pursue a career in this industry?
“I decided to pursue a career in this industry after I started painting for fun. Friends and family asked if I was selling my art and encouraged me to do so. “
What have been some of the challenges you faced/lessons you learned as an Asian American in this field?
“I haven’t come across a particular challenge as an Asian American with art yet, but a personal challenge I’ve battled with was fear of failure. I’ve learned that failure only makes you stronger and builds your character. It shows you are human and you are not perfect. It opened up a path that I would’ve never imagined. I realized, with fear as my enemy, it only held me back from being/doing something great with my life. God promises a prosperous future for us all, a plan to give us hope, a plan that He has paved a way, a plan that I trust. ”
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment, and why?
“I feel like my biggest accomplishment was the moment I realized that the things I’ve strived to achieve is never fully about me. The little moments in life where I make someone smile and encourage someone live to their full potential.”
What’s up next?
“What’s up next? Continue to get my story out and share my art with my community through art events, shows and causes I believe in.”
Quote to live by:
“I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.” – Vincent Van Gogh
Sign (Eastern Animal Sign & Western Zodiac):
“Pisces and Snake.”
“Loving people well.”
Can’t live without:
I Go Against The Grain #beCAUSE:
“I am uniquely made for a greater purpose.”