Sarah Carvell

Sarah Carvell was born in Leicestershire in 1964 and moved to the north Wales hills with her family as a 4 year old,when her father came to work for Powell Pottery.

After undertaking her Foundation course in Wrexham, she moved on to do a BA Hons. in Fine Art Painting at Loughborough College of Art, and more recently a PCCE at Bangor University in 1992.

Sarah has 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 Manchester. 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.

Some paintings are finished ‘wet’ others take longer and are resolved over a period of time which sometimes can be months.

The main locations which have inspired my painting are The Clwydian Hills, The Llyn Peninsula but also areas in and around St Ives in Cornwall.

You could call them my three favourite haunts.

I have always liked the big name Welsh artists like Kyffin Williams, but more recently I have been inspired by Bomberg, de Stael. Diebenkorn and Uglow too”.


We are delighted to be showing Sarah’s work for the first time.”.