I have always been fascinated by relationship between people and animals, the subconscious desire to anthropomorphise, to project our human character and emotions onto the animal kingdom. The idea that a wild animal is sniggering at us, with a sense of humour or displaying an air of superiority and an attitude is ridiculous, yet we’d all love it if that’s what they really did.
My current body of work focuses on British wildlife, hunting out those characters we seem to connect with, who display human-like expressions and trick us into thinking we understand their every thought. Those aristocratic animals who don’t take any nonsense – Foxes, squirrels hares and deer. My main focal point are the eyes, they are the detail that bring a painting to life. I aim to make the eyes very realistic, and from there I let my imagination and creative experiments take over so that the paintings are completely different to the average animal painting. I love to play with colour, working with selective colour palettes and complimentary colour schemes to create striking images that you can go back to again and again and always find something new to look at.
I literally stumbled across this style of working a couple of years ago when I tripped in my studio and dropped a large amount of pink ink right across the middle of a painting. As quick as a flash I tipped water on top and blew. That instinct led an amazing discovery, a unique and exciting style and I’ve not looked back!
My weapons of choice are now a selection of drinking straws and a battered old hair-dryer which I use to push the paint around, becoming expert at controlling how far each splash will travel and how intense each layer will be. Playing with liquids in such a way takes away an element of control and forces me to react and let the painting evolve. I layer multiple colours on top of each other to generate the basic shape and tone of the subject before adding geometric pattern and lines in stark contrast to the splashes. The patterns bring a strong graphic edge to the paintings and help to define the shadows and highlights that bring the subjects to life.
The painting process is fascinating to watch; visit sarahtaylorart.co.uk/videos to find time-lapse footage showing paintings emerging from splashes of colour.
My studio is located in the old PE department at St Bees School. (Currently Closed) Turn into Wood lane. The studio is the last building on the right. Parking at the end of the lane
About your venue - Accessibility
Down a gradual slope
Tarmac down a slight slope
2 steps (2
Doors open inwards or outwards, not too heavy.
Double doors will open fully
No Narrow spaces
Not suitable for wheel chairs
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