"As an astronaut, Pilot of Gemini VI, Commander of Gemini IX, Apollo X, and Apollo-Soyuz, I can speak with authority as to the contribution I feel Sara Larkin has made with these paintings, which portray Man’s first exploration of space. With these images, she has added to the visual history of world civilization and to culture in its broadest sense. The artist has captured in her paintings such as Earth Rising, based on a photo I took on my Apollo X Mission, the wonder of one of the first times Earth was viewed as an entity from the moon. Earth seen from this perspective changed forever the consciousness of mankind. Only a contemporary artist could or ever will be able to capture the sensibilities of the time, the day the world stopped to watch a man step on the moon and the dawn of global thinking in a very real sense. I am proud to have been a part of completing that history."
ASTRONAUT, GEMINI VI
COMMANDER, GEMINI IX
COMMANDER, APOLLO X — FIRST LUNAR MODULE FLIGHT TO THE MOON
"This retrospective show by Sara Larkin is an unusual exhibition which demonstrates a multiplicity of talent and a range of aesthetic and artistic elements which takes in the entire sphere of ones spirit. She proceeds form the global perspectives of her Spacescapes to intimate human expressions of her expressionist work and of her ladies. Sara taps an intense emotional visual. Her Ladies evoke an intimate expression of strength in solitude contrasting the inner world with the outer world."
RECIPIENT, 2011 NATIONAL MEDAL OF ARTS
"It was immediately in time with Sara’s painting, Earth Out The Shuttle Window. Anywhere, I would have recognized that it was a visual image as seen from floating inside the space shuttle. The colors of earth are what I remember, particularly the white clouds and the ocean blue."
"Sara is an outgoing and well-traveled individual, with knowledge of the fine arts, notably in Oriental art. In addition she is an accomplished painter and scholar. While she does an occasional portrait, her specialty are interpretations of space…that is, pictures dealing with the adventure of NASA, America’s space/astronaut world."
AMERICAN PORTRAIT ARTIST
"Senator Pell very kindly gave me the folio with the pictures of your paintings. I appreciate your thoughtfulness in sending them to me. I will keep the February exhibition noted in my schedule book, and I hope to have an opportunity to visit NASA headquarters during that time."
"Sara Larkin is an important artist. I believe there is no possibility for a perspective on our times unless they are interpreted creatively by the artists among us. I believe she has completed a considerable body of work on the creative interpretation of our endeavors in space, what it can mean for us to look upon ourselves at such distances. Now, she has turned to the personal dimensions of the devastation wrought upon others by those who seek power. In this latest of her works, as always, the human spirit finds its capacity to blossom."
ST. JOHNS COLLEGE, ANNAPOLIS
"Congratulations on what looks like an exciting exhibit, and although there is nothing bringing me that way at that time, you may be sure I will attend should schedules suddenly permit it."
SCREENWRITER AND PRODUCER
"Your work seems to be carrying you along a much less traditional — but no less useful — path, and the great lessons of your oriental years may well have been not to fight this but just relax and go."
FORMER DEPUTY DIRECTOR, HIRSHHORN MUSEUM
"I congratulate you on your work."
FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE U.S. NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART
"[Sara Larkin is] a suspect work of art herself."
EDITOR AND PUBLISHER