Sarah literally stumbled across this style of working a couple of years ago when she tripped over Mr Bojangles (the studio cat) and launched a large teacup, full to the brim with fuchsia pink ink into the air. As luck would have it, the majority of the ink landed slap bang in the middle of a painting she was working on. Pink-Ink-Explosion-Chaos ensued.
Without thinking Sarah threw the contents of the other cup she was carrying, (just fresh water) on top and blew as hard as she could. The ink dispersed and made some pretty cool marks in the process. This needed further investigation; the original painting was abandoned, and a very messy afternoon was spent splashing and blowing paint.
The main focal point to all Sarah’s original wildlife paintings are the eyes, that’s where you find the soul, the detail that brings a painting to life. “I aim to make the eyes very realistic, and from there I let my imagination and creative experiments take over, I enhance the shapes and colours that I see in each animal. I love to play with colour. Working with selective colour palettes and complimentary colour schemes means each of my colourful animal paintings has its own identity & style.”
Her weapons of choice are now a selection of drinking straws and a battered old hair-dryer which she uses to push the paint around, becoming expert at controlling how far each splash will travel and how intense each layer will be. “Playing with liquids in such a way takes away an element of control and forces me to react to what happens and let the painting evolve".
What’s it all about?
“I have always been fascinated by relationship between people and animals, the subconscious desire to anthropomorphise, to project our human character and emotions onto the animal kingdom. The idea that a wild animal has a wicked sense of humour or an attitude is ridiculous, yet when you look into their eyes you begin to piece together their story, their soul emerges and before you know it, you’ve made a personality that can’t be ignored.”
“I layer multiple colours on top of each other to generate the basic shape and tone of the subject before adding geometric pattern and lines in stark contrast to the splashes”. The patterns bring a strong graphic edge to the paintings and help to define the shadows and highlights that bring the subjects to life. The unusual geometric patterns are based on doodles from Sarah’s sketchbooks, and note pads (no piece of paper is left un-doodled) by embellishing the paintings such; Sarah creates striking images that you can go back to again and again and always find something new that you hadn’t noticed before.
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