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Speed Painter and Creativity Expert


Sarah Rowan is regarded as Australia's Top Female Speed Painters. After over 400 performances across a multitude of industries, Sarah realised her purpose reached far beyond entertainment as she naturally found herself inspiring and encouraging her audiences to embrace their own creativity which she believes is a "birthright" to all.

In 2018, after twenty years of trying to live by societal norms and family expectations, she left a 12 year marriage and came out of the closet with flying colours. Her story of overcoming depression and mental illness by living a genuine and honest life has been growing in demand as audiences are inspired by powerful message on authenticity and creative living.

Current Work

What began as short 5-minute power packed messages to her audiences during performances has now led to 45 minute keynotes, often beginning with a 5 min speed painting to engage her audience from the very start. She debunks myths commonly held among corporates and their creative abilities and encourages innovation with practical steps.

Talking Points

Creativity in Business

CEOs are placing more and more emphasis on creativity than any other time in history as the explosion in technology has forced companies to be innovative or be left behind. With over 400 events under her belt as a speed painter, Sarah has noticed the limiting beliefs within most individuals among the corporate spectrum.

In the session you will learn:

- The new definitions of creativity and break apart old mindsets and hindrances limiting you from
believing in your creative abilities
- 3 Practical ways to activate and increase your creativity
- Inspired by latest examples of creativity and innovation in the workplace globally

The Power of Authenticity

Sarah's personal story has been attracting more and more attention than even her talks on creativity as she came out of a 20 year closet in early 2018 and soon found herself on Studio 10 sharing her story and incredible speed painting talent. Leaving a 12 year traditional marriage and belief systems to embrace her sexuality, Sarah discovered the phenomenal improvements in her health and business success. Now she inspires others to embrace who they are whether in seemingly small and insignificant ways, or large ways that will impact many lives.

In this session you will hear:

- “If you are a different person at work than you are at home, then in one of those places you are a liar.” -
Simon Sinek
- Real life examples of how our emotions are linked to our health, including Sarah’s instant healing from
mental illness and depression
- Sarah’s story is a conversation starter and bridges the gap that many have in regards to sexuality being a
choice vs how you were born. This talk helps educate parents and leaders who have di?culty understanding
the topic of homosexuality.

What's In Your Hands?

In this talk, Sarah inspires her audiences to use the gifts and talents within them to make a difference in this world. Having raised nearly 200K for charities through her speed painting at fundraisers, Sarah has noticed how people often feel overwhelmed by global problems and uses her platform to inspire others to look.

In this session you will be inspired:
- Audience members will be reminded of their abilities to make a difference in this world in small and large
- 3 Ways to recognise your gifts and talents
- Encouraged to see global problems as opportunities and hear stories of other everyday people who have
used their gifts to change the world

Boosting Mental Health with Creativity

Nearly half of the world's population experiences some form of mental illness or depression during their lifetime. This is a huge issue for business and families, not to mention the pressure on the medical industry. But what if there were ways to improve our mental health in a fun way that improved our lives and relationships?

In this keynote, Sarah shares ways to boost your mental health through practical creative ways.


- Learn ways to use your positive and negative emotions to be creative.
- Hear real stories of everyday people who have implemented creativity in their lives and how it impacted their family and work-life
- "Creativity, not normality, has become the paradigm of mental health." - Stephen Mitchell

Virtual Offerings

Sarah has created a number of offerings perfect for the virtual space including live speed painting demonstrations. She also offers an opportunity for attendees to get their hands dirty and create their piece of art. Sarah will then guide your team as they unlock their creative potential creating art around a chosen theme or idea.
Sarah it was so great to have you bringing that leadership aspect and your creativity in to remind our industry professionals to connect their leadership with their creativity... and your incredible talent. Australian Rural Leadership Foundation

Sarah has spoken on the Power of Creativity at two of our events over the past 2 years, and has performed at many of our events and referral network's events as a speed painter. She brings a wonderful perspective on creative thinking and will captivate any audience she talks to. As a naturally inspiring and motivating person - Sarah is always a wonderful and appreciated addition to any event and will leave a lasting positive impression. Our members are still talking about a talk she did in 2017 years later! Highly recommended!


I am a long time educator. I have seen many inspiring presenters, helped raise money for many causes, heard many speeches BUT Sarah really connects. IF you ever have the chance to work for or with her - don't miss out - I am humbled in her presence.

Canadian International School
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