My paintings are about honest observation. Whilst exploring the subtle tonal relationships of colour and light, I endeavour to interpret what I see as true to nature in a painterly yet refined way.
Whilst I love painting landscapes en-plein air, during lockdown, still lifes have been a great focus for me as I have found them very therapeutic. From my travels I have various ‘props’ that I like to choose from which hold some form of significance. In the initial stages, I take a lot of time setting up a still life and will often spend a couple of hours arranging and rearranging until the composition feels right. For me painting is about the treatment of light and how it falls on a subject. I find reflections on silver and glass particularly enjoyable to paint and love exploring the tonal contrasts and making colours sing—it’s uplifting and a never-ending source of joy.
My paintings are on display at The West Ox Arts Gallery in Bampton, venue no.45. Please come along and visit this wonderful light-filled gallery.
Sarah Darby is a contemporary figurative oil painter working from life in her attic studio under natural light or en-plein air in the Cotswolds.
Sarah was born in 1974 in Devon and after gaining a first-class degree in Fine Art following an art foundation course, she took off traveling through China, Tibet and Japan and ended up living on a junk in Hong Kong. Upon returning to the UK, via Mongolia and Russia she worked as a children’s book designer and art director for an Oxford publisher for twenty years. Now as a freelance designer she is lucky enough to devote half her time to painting.
Sarah has exhibited and sold work at The Minster Gallery in Winchester, Sarah Wiseman Gallery and the Ashmolean Café both in Oxford as well as WestOxArts Gallery in Bampton, Ginger Jar Gallery in Villefranche, France and lately to private collectors in the UK and Canada.