Sara Larkin gained national attention for "Spacescapes" — a continuing series of paintings celebrating America's achievements in space. She researched these paintings by working directly with astronauts and scientists at NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).arched these paintings by working directly with astronauts and scientists at NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
Sara Larkin was born in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1956. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she developed a lifelong association with Will Barnet. After graduation she continued her education in Japan under the sponsorship of the distinguished philosopher, advisor to the Emperor of Cultural Affairs and President of Osei University, Tetsuo Tanikawa. Under his tutelage she became acquainted with Nobel Laureate, Yasunari Kawabata, and other National Living Treasures of Japan. She spent a year in Bangkok, Thailand as the Women's and Social Editor of The Bangkok World. In Hong Kong, she studied Chinese art with artist, Lui Shou-Kwan, and Lawrence Tam, the Director of the Hong Kong Museum. She also spent this time in Hong Kong, as a gallery owner, consultant, and artists’ agent. In 1971 she became Mrs. Richard Lacey and in 1974 his widow.
In 1974 under the auspices of the Hong Kong Arts Festival she, with her husband, organized its first exhibition of contemporary Chinese Art. She produced Shui-mo (Water and Ink) which discusses the status of the contemporary state of the Chinese painting tradition in the 20th century.
From 1977 until 2002 Larkin maintained a studio/gallery in Washington, D.C. and developed her skills and reputation as a professional artist. In 1992 she moved to Annapolis, Maryland, where she served as Artist in Residence at St. John's College as well as continued in her duties as professional artist and dealer. Until it was discontinued, in 2003, Larkin was a Sotheby Associate evaluating works of art for online auctions.
Awards and distinctions
Larkin has been awarded a special commendation from the Governor of Hong Kong and the U.S. Consulate for special contributions toward Eas-West cultural understanding. In 1976, she was a lecturer at the Smithsonian Institution on Modern Chinese Art, a field in which she has gained acknowledged scholarship. She was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship in 1981. Also in the 80's she was commissioned by NASA as one of the nation's artists commissioned to document the U.S. Space Program.