PHOTO Sarah at Garden Secrets exhibition
PHOTO Sarah sketching

Sarah paints from her home studio in Sydney. She also likes to get outside to paint landscapes en plain air. Visiting gardens is of particular interest inspiring many of her recent ideas. 
She originates from the UK and studied a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design at Bristol Polytechnic. For almost ten years prior to moving away from the UK she spent her time working in London on magazines as an Art Director. Titles included House & Garden, Brides & Setting up Home, Tatler and ELLE.
After making her way to Australia in 1999 Sarah completed a Diploma in Photography at KVB in North Sydney and took up a career in photography. This was cut short by the combination of the arrival of children and some overseas postings with her husband. Finally, Sarah settled in Sydney with her family in 2010, and decided to start painting in 2015, something she hadn’t done for years.
Sarah had a painting shortlisted in the Warringah Art Prize in 2016 which was a turning point – she hasn’t looked back since.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I am a essentially a studio painter, but try to get out as often as I can to paint en plein air.

My interests continue to be gardens and interiors – immersing myself in the native plants of Australia in gardens of my surrounding suburban streets, as well as enjoying the flood of light which spills into our homes bringing the decor to life. There is much to explore in my immediate environment of Sydney.

I continue to spend time sketching out ideas for oil paintings with small gouache sketches. These have begun to take on a life of their own. I am working on a series of interiors from fossicking in antique shops and vintage markets and these sketches are larger and more robust than previous works and are now beginning to stand on their own as finished works.

my work explores the clutter and complexity of a busy scene in both my larger close up florals and the new interiors. 

I take my inspiration from a long term love of the work of David Hockney and the mark making of Van Gogh. For pure interiors scenes I admire the work of the great female Australian painter Margaret Olley.