Sarah’s fascination and passion of illustrating the natural world stems from childhood and throughout her life this has followed her alongside her main careers, in education for nearly 20 years and latterly in conservation.
Her work in education now continues - in lifelong learning, as she teaches courses and workshops in Hampshire and Dorset UK, in botanical art and natural history illustration.
Watercolour is the predominant medium she uses, but her detailed work is also portrayed using graphite pencil, and gouache. In addition she is fascinated by painting on vellum and really values the beautiful qualities of painting on this challenging medium. She is particularly inspired by the plants and species found in ancient habitats, such as ancient woodland and hedgerows.
In 2015 Sarah is working on a project in association with the Kingcombe Centre in Dorset, illustrating the natural elements of ancient hedgerows, in particular twigs and buds of trees and shrubs in winter, the artwork of which will be exhibited at the RHS London Botanical Art Show in February 2016.
In this year she was also invited to exhibit at the Florum exibition in Kent UK. She has been a full exhibiting member with the Society of Floral Painters since 2000 and has had two successful solo exhibitions in recent years. She has also been Artist in Residence for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.
Since 2013 she has exhibited with the Society of Botanical Artists and was accepted as an Associate Member in 2015. In 2014 Sarah was awarded a Certificate of Botanical Merit at the SBA exhibition, for her painting ‘A View Inside – Echinacea purpurea’.
Her work has also been reproduced onto fine ceramic ware by Jayne Chapman Designs Ltd., and is also published in Katherine Tyrrell’s book Sketching 365, published by Apple Press in January 2015.
In 2016 she will be writing for the 'Leisure Painter' magazine in the UK.
Botanical & Natural History Artist, Illustrator & Tutor. I specialise in illustrating many aspects of the natural world mainly in watercolour, but also in graphite pencil and pen and ink.
I teach independant courses and also for Peter Symonds AHED College & the Kingcombe Centre in Dorset.
Botanical Art Courses at Peter Symonds College AHED in Winchester.
Independant art courses: http://www.natures-details.com/naturesdetailscourses.html
Also available to teach freelance workshops.
Available to teach natural history art workshops for organisations such as art societies, galleries.
Independant courses taught, and also at the Kingcombe Centre in Dorset (residential options available)
A very enjoyable course - Sarah teaches with enthusiasm and is always encouraging. There is always a good mix of demonstration work and individual tuition.
Botanical Art Student 125/03/2014
The course is well designed and adaptable. The teaching strikes a good balance between tutor demonstrations and practical experience
The tutor is very receptive to student feedback and has adjusted classes to suit student abilities.
Botanical Art Student 225/03/2014
I have made an excellent start to the course. It is thoroughly absorbing and enjoyable, just what I hoped it would be.
The achievement is I feel a desire to continue and improve and not be deterred by errors or slow progress.