Sara Bentley, artist

I feel joy in creating my art and want to bring some of that to the viewer. I create semi abstract land and seascapes as well as representational work and I am inspired by the openness, grandeur and energy in the Welsh countryside, where I walk everyday with my dog. I live near Cardiff in a small village, where I am lucky enough to be able to explore the mountains and the coastline, which I love.

My work starts with intuitive marks and bright colour and I feel my way into each painting, while I keep in mind the feel and atmosphere of the mountains or the sea. I especially love the wide skies. I love to layer and play as I paint until the character of the painting becomes clear and I am able to work with it. I often give the painting some space at this point, allowing time to consider it’s outcome. I then work carefully to achieve a complete work.

I love to experiment and so I use many types of media, but I always start with acrylic. Then I may add crayon, ink, pencil, oil and soft pastels and collage. Texture adds echoes of the landscape I love, reflecting the earth, rocks but also the layers of history, and I add this with a multitude of tools, but usually end up painting with my fingers!

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