Sarah Becktel

Sarah Becktel is an American artist based in Southern New Jersey. She earned her BFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art and continued her studies of representational drawing and painting at multiple locations. Sarah has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and her work is in private collections across the world.

Sarah creates paintings and drawings that are inspired by animals, natural history, and ecology. She travels extensively to view animals in their natural environments and many of her works are a result of her experiences in nature. Sarah also finds inspiration in natural history museums where she can study and learn about the animal species of bygone eras. Her work explores the beauty of the animal kingdom and the delicate balance of conserving Earth’s biodiversity. Sarah hopes that her work allows viewers to both connect with the natural world and consider how human civilization continues to impact the animal species of our planet.


Sarah Becktel
colored pencil on paper
28 x 20 in.


Streamer depicts an American Kestrel falling from the sky. This tragic phenomenon repeatedly occurs at a landfill in the New Jersey Meadowlands. The landfill has been capped with soil, but it still releases a massive amount of methane gas that is burned off with a “gas flare.” Unfortunately, birds of prey often fly too close to this gas flame which results in their feathers being severely burned. The birds cannot fly with damaged wings, and if they are not promptly rescued, they can die from their injuries or starvation.