Sarah Jane Brown
Mentoring Aspiring Artists
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MEDIUM: Oil Paint | Acrylic Paint
SPECIALTY: ✔ Generalist
Born 1970 in the UK, I now live and work on the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coast, West Wales. This backdrop provides me with a powerful sense of place and therefore endless subject matter. I embarked on a formal art education as a mature student in 2005. I later specialised in Fine Art Painting and was awarded ‘Student of the Year’ graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in 2010. I have since been painting as a full time professional artist. In 2020 I received an award from the Guild Society of Artists (part of the Fine Art Trade Guild), recognising the consistently high standard of my work, becoming a fully qualified member of the Guild and entitled to use the post nominal GSA letters. I now run a large studio in Pembrokeshire where I create and sell my work as well as teaching workshops and classes to aspiring artists.
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Specialty: ✔ Generalist
Colour and Composition
Studio Setup for Art Production
Supplies and Tools – what to use, where to save, and where to spend
Providing Art Critiques
Teaching How to Self Critique
MARKETING & BRANDING:
Artist Statement & CV
Shows and Exhibits
Marketing and Branding
Running your art business the day-to-day
MORE ABOUT THE ARTIST
Sarah Jane Brown lives on the rugged Welsh coast, where her environment, and previous maritime career, have instilled a deep affinity with the sea. She studied ‘Fine Art - Painting’ at the West Wales School of the Arts, graduating with a first class honours degree.
Brown’s career as a full time professional artist has steadily gained momentum and recognition and her work now collected internationally. She has exhibited widely in the UK and has had many successful solo shows. Recently she has exhibited with the Royal Society of Marine Artists at the Mall Galleries in London and The Royal Cambrian Academy in North Wales. She is a qualified Member of the Guild Society of Artists.
Sarah combines her knowledge of traditional techniques with contemporary working practice. Her paintings are an outpouring of personal feeling and a strong sense of place; using the landscape metaphorically to describe thoughts and emotions.
"Our surroundings form a part of us, they shape our perception and colour 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 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 in Pembrokeshire to observe and absorb; meditative space and light, magical junctures of land, sea and sky, endlessly changing colours, reflections and atmospheric conditions. I know it so well, after years of collecting observations it is ingrained. I photograph, make sketches and painted studies to get the landscape 'under my skin'.
In the studio these observations are transformed, becoming more expressive as I engage with the physicality of painting, sometimes veering towards abstraction. 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.”