Over a career spanning more than forty years of continuous productivity, Sara Harwin has earned widespread recognition for work from fine art to ritual and ceremonial art, including torah mantles, tallitot, parochot and chuppot. These works utilize diverse techniques, including acrylic painting, paper-cutting, mixed media, limited edition prints, stained and etched glass, and fiber art. Across these diverse media, Sara Harwin has created a recognizable body of work, utilizing strong jolts of color, sacred imagery, pattern, and movement that invite the viewer to go beyond seeing and enter the realm of experience.
The themes drawn upon Sara's work are universal and have been described as "deceptively eloquent, encompassing the joy and celebration that can be found in life, love, and spirituality." This diversity of expression in media, both two and three dimensional, has been the foundation from which the idea for her Illuminated Letters: Threads of Connection project collaboration with Reclaiming Judaism has emerged. The Illuminated Letters project was conceived in 2007, as a way to further her own exploration of Jewish text and language through art. The exhibition opened at the Oregon Jewish Museum on February 5, 2014 along with the corresponding exhibition book created through Reclaiming Judaism Press.