When landscape artist Sarah Eddy is searching for inspiration, she takes to the coast paths. Rambling across the Cornish coastline, the excitement of finding new potential, from the shape of a headlines to the ever-changing colours of the ocean, resonates in her paintings that make for stunning interpretations of some of Cornwall’s best scenic views.
Born in Cornwall, Sarah Eddy moved to Brighton as a teenager and lived there for 30 years before moving home. During that time, Sarah’s initial background and career was in the performing arts and as a founding member and performer with the show ‘Stomp’ Sarah toured the world for 18 years with the show. It was until her return to Cornwall that her career in painting took flight,
“It seemed the right time to come home and live near my family,” Sarah explains, “we moved into my mum’s house and ended up helping her, which I’m so glad we did, she had done so much for me in the past. After she passed, I really needed something, I missed working professionally. I decided to book a course to learn how to oil paint…”
The energy and successful feedback from Sarah’s early work earned her a prestigious opportunity to study at the Newlyn School of Art, which she did for a year. Working under the likes of Amanda Hoskin, paul Lewin, Imogen Bone, Maggie O’Brien and Faye Dobinson only strengthened Sarah’s will and determination to hone her skill,
“I think when you’re older, you absorb information when you’re learning. I needed another creative outlet after performing and I think there’s a fine line between all the arts. Creative people often cross over into those sub-genres.”
Developing her style and using elements of the ideas and techniques handed to her by her teachers, Sarah’s rich and vibrant use of colour and keen perspective for horizon stretching coastlines soon gained her an impressive reputation,
“Like any practice, you develop a style that is an extension of you. It was the same with performing. My character on stage was an exaggeration of me, so it makes sense that my paintings have developed in the same way.
“I worked with an artist for a while who is based in France named Stuart Davies. His colour technique as he painted his landscapes instantly drew me to an instinctive colour practice and he definitely put me on the path that I’m on now. All the seascape painters and teachers I worked with inspired me with pieces of information to include in my work. Then, having the Cornish landscape, my homeland, to use as inspiration for my paintings, it couldn’t have fallen more into place for me.
“Standing on the coastal path, looking out to sea at the headlands can be one of the most profound moments. The sounds, view and atmosphere can take your breath away and that’s always what I’m wanting to express in my work.”
With colour and place going hand in hand, and her continual quest to understand the movement of oil paint through formal study and free painting, Sarah’s works and ever-evolving artistry has proven popular with those seeking to take a piece of Cornwall to their home,
“I love the connections people have with my paintings. As it’s Cornwall, people have so many memories they likes to share with me and each painting always seems to go to someone who has an attachment to the place I’ve captured.”
With a studio gallery at Princes Street in Truro, visitors can see Sarah’s paintings, including pieces she is currently working on, for themselves every day from 11am to 4pm. Due to Covid-19, Sarah is requesting all visitors book an appointment beforehand and following government guidelines face masks are to be worn and there can be no more than two visitors at a time.
To find out more, you can also visit www.saraheddyart.com