I live in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, and love to paint in my spare time. I loved sketching as a child but did not start painting until around 2008 when I joined a local botanical painting group. It was there that I learned basics such as composition and tone and where I was inspired to continue creating artwork. I started with painting flowers but now I paint what interests me using my own photographic reference from trips out and about around Yorkshire. My artwork is expressive and colourful, I am very hands on, often applying or spreading paint with my fingers and I love the sticking and gluing of different materials in my mixed media work. I am a member of 2 local art clubs and I exhibit and sell my paintings at their art exhibitions and also at other open local art exhibitions.
Sarah lives and works from her studio in Ramsgill, a rural village in Upper Nidderdale. Since graduating from the University of Northumberland in 1994. Although first and foremost a landscape oil painter her work has now led onto screenprint, drypoint etching and solar plate work. She is a member of York Printmakers The majority of her work is based on the River Nidd and reservoirs around her home, with recent themes of working into the light and setting sun. She also enjoys coastal work with Staithes, Port Mulgrave and the Northumberland coast being favourite locations. She is a keen walker and works in a traditional way, collecting sketches out in the field and developing her ideas back in the studio.
The Claire Baxter Fine Art Gallery opened in 2019 and is situated on the High Street in the beautiful town of Pateley Bridge. I have been painting professionally since 2008 and had combined this with teaching Art at Secondary School until I left in order to pursue my career full time.
I use a variety of different media: pen and watercolour, for sketches that may contribute to print making and painting in oils and acrylics on canvasses. I often paint on a very large scale and in 2008 I completed a 32sq metre commissioned mural in St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Bromley, Kent on the theme of creation. The preparation for this work took 10 years in the dreaming and designing and 1 year in the actual execution for which I had to stand on scaffolding and discovered a dislike of heights. You can see examples this on their website. I am an artist first and foremost and not a business woman. I love to create personal bespoke works of art that speak to and bless the people for whom they have been commissioned.