Sarah Jane Keiser grew up in southeastern Wisconsin. Art and nature were central to her upbringing – she grew up in a family of skilled woodcarvers and outdoorsmen. After high school, she drifted away from her study of arts and pursued the sciences, graduating University of Wisconsin Madison with degrees in zoology and psychology. She then moved to the east coast for a career in medicine.
After a personal tragedy, Sarah returned to painting. She currently splits her time between Charleston, South Carolina and Ellison Bay in Door County, Wisconsin. Nature is central to her themes, and she is inspired by the scenes where she lives. She primarily works with oil paint, and prefers still life and plein air. She also enjoys doing pet portrait commissions.