Sarah lives on the rugged Welsh coast, where her environment, and previous maritime career, have instilled a deep affinity with the sea. Combining her knowledge of ‘old master’ techniques with a more contemporary working practice, Brown’s paintings are an outpouring of personal feeling. She uses the landscape metaphorically to describe thoughts and emotions, whilst also echoing a strong sense of place.
Sarah Jane has exhibited widely across the UK, and her work is now collected internationally. An Associate Member (AGSA) of The Guild Society of Artists, her notable highlights include exhibiting with the Royal Society of Marine Artists at London's Mall Galleries, and the Royal Cambrian Academy in North Wales.
Current work is available to view at Etcetera Gallery in St David’s, the Russell Gallery in Putney London, and the Discerner Gallery in Mayfair London (by appointment), Off The Wall Gallery, Cardiff the Art Nou Millenni Gallery in Barcelona
For further information please visit www.sjbfineart.com
"Our surroundings form a part of us, shaping our perception, and colouring our thoughts and ideals. For me they are a vehicle to describe more internal aspects of our physical, emotional and spiritual selves. There is something about being immersed in nature that gives clarity and focus to the space within. My approach to landscape painting is therefore introspective and intimate.
I enjoy the versatility of oil paint and find it the best medium to convey the varied sensations of being in the landscape; sometimes calm, restorative, or spiritually uplifting and at other times wild, dynamic, rejuvenating and mentally energising. Oil paint is also equally responsive to my internal thoughts and feelings.
I walk the coast path or the beach near my home daily to observe and absorb the magical junctures of land, sea and sky. There are endlessly changing colours, light, reflections and atmospheric conditions. I make sketches and painted studies to get the landscape 'under my skin'. I know it so well, after years of collecting observations it is ingrained.
In the studio these observations are transformed, becoming abstracted by memory as I engage with the physical act of painting. My style is expressive and combines a variety of methods; staining, glazing and blending in many layers, gradually building up thickness and texture. Paint is applied with brushes, knives, rags and sometimes fingers. It is painted, scraped, flicked, spattered and even poured on, (and sometimes off again!), until the finished painting emerges.
Titles are deliberately ambiguous. They emerge from phrases that cross my mind whilst I am in the studio or out in the landscape, sometimes they are excerpts from poetry, or are often just snippets of my own windswept thoughts.”
SARAH JANE BROWN - September 2018
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