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.
Based in Guiseley, West Yorks, I travel to work primarily with landscape both locally through the Dales, The Hebrides and recently to the South of France. I am a printmaker working with different processes and techniques, although mostly Intaglio (etching, drypoint). I also produce graphic images with Letterpress, Screenprint and Monotypes.
In support of my finished works I exhibit drawings and paintings (watercolour, oil pastel).
I like to print on paper and fabric, I like to experiment and see what happens, I like drawing – particularly flowers, and particularly wild ones as I have done that since I was a kid and their essence is part of my connection to the natural world. I like to focus on things for long periods, interests which that get me hooked. Like a tree I know, or a plant species or a sweep in the road. I etch, mono print, screen print, and often combine the techniques to achieve more depth. I print cushions and embroider them to relax and enjoy the timelessness of a sewing needle’s rhythm. And I make things out of bits of old, reclaimed things as I am a collector by nature. Proud to be eclectic.
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.