Sarah studied environmental illustration at Sunderland university which started a love affair with Lino. Once graduated, she began printmaking full time. In 1998, she was awarded the Lloyd’s private banking award for her print ‘Rhino Lino’.
Influenced by wildlife, Sarah has continued to explore a variety of themes from the hare, to new cuts of Swaledale and the Cumbrian Herdwick sheep.
The process begins with lots of drawings to create the design which is then transferred to the block. Lino gives such strong lines, the designs can be bold. Using deep colours for many images, they are printed on beautiful Japanese tissue which has gold and silver foil flecks woven into the paper.
Using traditional techniques, designs are carved from each lino block, oil based ink is applied with a roller to the surface, paper placed on top, then run through a press under great pressure creating the final artwork. Some pieces are then tinted with watercolour to give added texture.
Works have been commissioned by the National Trust, Artists Cards Ltd and Holland & Holland, Mayfair, London, and can be seen at galleries throughout the UK.
Sarah now lives and works from her home ‘The Pink House’ in Cumbria alongside her artist husband David, two children, Rosie and Woody and her much loved cat, Miss Kitty.