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LIVE 24-SEVEN


S A R AH J ANE B ROWN AN EMOTIVE ARTIST…


Recently welcomed as an Associate Member of The Guild Society of Artists, contemporary landscape painter Sarah Jane Brown is collected internationally, whilst her work is showcased in some of the UK’s leading galleries.


How did you start painting?


I’ve always painted for as long as I can remember, but as a hobby really. I never imagined I’d end up as an artist. Whenever I aired the idea at home my dad would say, “Don’t be ridiculous; do something sensible instead”, so of course I did, [laughing] but I mostly fell into maritime jobs ending up in wildlife tours around the islands, which I still do in my spare time. I had a bit of a meltdown and couldn’t function for a while and as part of my own rehabilitation I went to college to study art and really got the bug again. Encouraged by my tutors I did my Art Foundation and then my degree and half way through my degree course I did an exhibition which sold out! I suddenly had to register as employed, so I was an ‘artist’! I haven’t stopped since then, opportunities flow and I never have had to stop and worry about what’s next. You’re like one of those actors that goes from role to role – how wonderful! Yes, I am lucky.


Does your maritime passion inspire your artwork?


Well landscape really, I’m a bit of a poetic soul [laughing] and so I guess painting is my form of expressing that. The landscape to me is the most incredibly powerful, emotive, human experience anyone can have. When you go out into a beautiful landscape it has that capacity to reduce all your troubles, put them into perspective and can be very levelling and also stirs the emotions, it gives you head space to think, figure things out. Other things rise up, so you get all these emotive feelings; everyone gets this, even if they choose not to say so. So, it’s the emotive things that inspire me, not necessarily the picture postcard view. It’s the emotion I’m trying to get across. The colours you use are incredible… Sometimes I use more, sometimes less; it depends on the mood [laughing]. You can see my various moods through my paintings; it’s alike a diary [laughing].


I chatted to Sarah whilst collecting a fabulous original oil that she kindly donated to Live 24-Seven and Dallas Burston Polo Club’s Ladies Day to benefit The Prince’s Trust and Sepsis Trust UK. Her work is full of emotion and in this interview Sarah Jane Brown shares with us her creative process.


Interview by Katie McPhilimey / 90 You have many accolades to your name.


Yes, I’ve been shortlisted and selected for the Royal Society of Marine Artists three times, I’m working towards becoming a member, which is a long process.


Your art is collected around the world, that must be a wonderful feeling?


I remember shipping off a painting to Australia and they made a crate to put it in, it was lovely and so professional and fitted perfectly. I remember being so excited by the packaging [laughing]. It’s a huge compliment whenever anyone likes your work.


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