View from a Croft 

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Artist: Sarah Helen Dowse

Exhibiting: May & June 2022

 

Working mainly in pastel on paper or card, Sarah has taken inspiration for her exhibition from the views she sees daily from her home as well as still life studies of homegrown flowers, fruit and vegetables. 

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Her exhibition includes photography, snapshots of Beinn Airigh Charr captured daily throughout 2021. A collection of broken crockery and other objects found on the croft will also be on show. Photographic images of the carefully arranged crockery encourages close investigation of colour, shape and pattern, offering a reflection on the “treasure” we discard as well as a glimpse into the social history of the croft.

 

In 2018, Sarah was commissioned by New York based Scottish filmmaker Tomás Race to create some coloured pencil illustrations for a recipe book featured in his short film, Bitter Taste. These detailed drawings complete her exhibition.  

Brought up in County Durham, Sarah studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall, and lived in the Scottish Borders while raising her three children and working as a professional artist and gardener. She gained a BA (Hons) degree in Humanities with Art History through the Open University in 2006 and these studies have continued to inform her own practice and philosophy on art. She now lives and works on a croft in the North West Highlands. For further details about the artist, please see her website here