Sarah Carvell was born in Leicestershire in 1964 and was raised in Llannefydd, Clwyd. She studied at Wrexham and later at Loughborough School of Art. She lives and works in Denbighshire, and speaks Welsh fluently.
Sarah had worked as an illustrator and in a Ceramics studio for two years, before teaching Art in Secondary Schools and lecturing in an FE College in Mancheste...r. She started painting again after starting a family 17 years ago.
In her own words “My paintings are mostly inspired by the effects of light on the landscape. For me it’s best when the sun is low in the sky, winter light can be particularly good.
I sketch on location then paint in the studio back at home. More often than not the sketches are done quickly with soft pastels, I then start painting using oil paint on canvas or linen, thickly applied in swathes using a palette knife using the sketches for reference, the technique is best suited to the studio because of the drying time needed.
Sarah paints the gentle Denbighshire landscape and further afield, towards the coast of Porthmadog. She captures both the recognisable features and the insignificant passages that form the varied landscape of north Wales. Her atmospheric landscapes are notable for the expressive, impasto painting technique she utilises, inspired largely by the work of artists such as Sir Kyffin Williams.
Sarah is busy establishing herself as one of the leading painters of Welsh landscape, and her work is increasingly sought after.
"My aim is to capture the light, or rather the shadows and the light on the landscape. Most of these paintings hint at the presence of man, with huts, barns, buildings or the structures of hedgerows." Sarah Carvell