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About me

Sarah Poppleton in her artist's studio
Sarah Poppleton


I have become known for my contemporary landscapes in oils which are primarily concerned with the peculiar quality of light on that particular day. I am often inspired by transitory light effects - shadows, reflections and glimmers of light on water. I paint in a representational way but one in which I hope to convey my thoughts about the light and warmth in order to take the viewer further into that time and place than the mere scene. Each painting is unique and, I hope, uplifting.

I enjoy working outside, painting en plein air in oils, and this often invigorates my studio work. I have recently moved house and so now my studio is in Wiltshire, but I spend a fair amount of time in Cornwall too, attracted by the clear light and big skies, where I know I will always find inspiration.

During lockdown, I was frustrated by not being able to get to the sea, so have turned my attention to the natural beauty of flowers in still life set ups. I have particularly enjoyed trying to capture how the light strikes the petals and vases in different ways, and the relative translucency or reflective nature of these objects.


2019 First prize in Harpenden Arts Club Annual exhibition.

2018 Third prize in Harpenden Arts Club Annual exhibition.

2017 First prize in Harpenden Arts Club Annual exhibition.

2017 First prize (2D category) in the New Maynard Gallery, Welwyn Garden City, 15th Open Exhibition - £100 prize plus a commission free exhibition. 

2016 First prize in Harpenden Arts Club Annual exhibition.


Joint exhibition with Jaye Guest, The Rock Institute, Rock, Cornwall 2015 - 2024.

Harpenden Arts Club Annual Exhibition 2012, 2015 - 2019.

Ayot St Lawrence Annual Exhibition 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019.

Joint exhibition (with two others) in the New Maynard Gallery Sept/Oct 2018.

New Maynard Gallery Annual Open Exhibition 2010, 2012, 2017

Kimpton Art Show 2013, 2018

Hertfordshire Open Studios 2013

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