Sarah Bowman’s work is much sought after and she has gained widespread recognition, including showing at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and gaining the Mary Fedden award at the Royal West of England Academy. Having studied at Falmouth Art College, she has in the past been firmly linked to the St Ives School. She paints intuitively, her landscapes are derived from memory, they are an amalgamation of places she has visited, Cornwall, Devon, the Scilly Isles, Andalucia. She thrives on exploring new locations to paint, searching for still-life and natural objects to depict.
“I never begin a painting knowing exactly how it will end up. They start with the landscape and the windowsill or the table and the rest emerges later, the objects placed last, perhaps a curtain will slip in at the side as if a breeze floated in. Each element of the composition is a reaction to the last thing painted. I like to work on at a few paintings at a time so that they stay fresh.”