In addition to plundering road-sign to inspire my paintings, drawings and poems, I plunder the skips of Oxford, and use my finds to create sculpture, graceful and dancing, or grumpy and grotesque. There are characters with swooping birds or leaping dogs, fat ugly characters playing tennis or standing scowling. My watercolours have been painted from the top of a Greek mountain to the middle of an Indian village. There I placate the gawping mob by handing out colour pencils and paper and compelling them to paint too, becoming instantly a teacher and not an interesting spectacle. I have painted Hyderabad from the palace of the Nizam, the snooty guard holding my paints because he heard that I was descended from Lord Elgin, whose portraits hangs in the palace. I have painted sitting right in the middle of the Champs Elysee, and from the traffic policeman's stand in Florence. I am a novelist and offer prints combining art and writing. There are glitterart pictures, glittering, transparent, golden, opaque using a secret technique of my own invention. I also offer jams, jellies and marmarlade, mostly created from my allotment fruit..
Sara exhibits her paintings and sculptures in Oxford and has regularly featured in Oxford’s Artsweeks. She is the daughter of Anita Mostyn, a novelist who wrote in the 1950’s under the pen name Anne Mary Feilding, and of Sir Basil Mostyn, Bart. Born in England and evacuated to various large and crumbling country mansions during the war, Sara spent the later part of her childhood in a mud rondavel in what was then Southern Rhodesia, where her father grew tobacco. She later hitchhiked round Europe, worked as an au pair and went to art school in Austria.
While working in a coffee bar in Oxford, Sara met her husband-to-be, a law undergraduate from India. She lived for seventeen years with her husband and three daughters on tea plantations in the hills of South India and in Assam in the North East. She and her husband also ran a dairy and poultry farm in her husband’s ancestral village in West Bengal. During these years she held exhibitions of her oil paintings, rode as a jockey, and started writing novels. The family returned to England in the early seventies. Sara has published over a dozen novels. Her publishers have included Victor Gollancz, Transworld and Harper Collins. She has led a creative writing group for the past 18 years, and i examples of the group's work, many illustrated by Sara, are on display at the Opera Café and Phoenix Cinema in Walton Street.