Sarah Hanner Hopwood
northstreetstudio.co.uk (My website sells my original paintings and other products)
'@northstreetstudiooxford (This page is more for 'product', my art is promoted through my personal Instagram)
The day was at an end
Sarah Bernhardt - Peony
As an artist I aspire to create original, emotive and beautiful pieces of work to be exhibited, purchased and cherished for years to come. I aim to combine a loose, contemporary approach to elements of the natural world which have existed long before humans with an original and fresh perspective. I provide uncomplicated work which leaves minimal impact on the earth, offsetting its impact by tree-planting.
I use a limited pallet of colours and tools within my landscapes conveying the relationship between the sense of place and the history that created it. I mark undulations and awkward rocks with carefully placed lines of stitching, built upon the sedimental layer of collage. My wildlife and floral paintings are more true to life and include strategically placed graphite marks. The natural world and the environment are fundamental aspects of who I am, my work is in tribute to all that it is.
My landscapes are imaginary and inspired by the expansive landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and the undulating valleys of South Wales, where my family are from. I am drawn to the natural world as inspiration, my work also includes loose floral watercolours and British Wildlife. Not only is the natural world inspiring but also it has provided me with comfort and grounding throughout my life, particularly during difficult times. There is no better designer than the natural world, and my work is my interpretation and tribute to it.
My preferred medium is watercolour paint, and in my landscapes I also include some collage and/or stitching over the top. It's a technique I have built up over some time, working out how to build interest, layers and detail. I often select a piece of a paperback book to use as the collage, selecting snippets of words that can also inspire the title.
My wildlife and floral paintings are also in watercolours, sometimes I will add graphite marks but often they are simply painted. Like most artists I am always experimenting but at this point in time these are the mediums I prefer.