Q&A from Sarah Driffill



What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I am a painter creating oil paintings on canvas. My work is impressionistic and I love creating very visible and textured paint strokes through the use of palette knives. I use bold, bright colours to create emotive and energetic scenes of beauty.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Colourful. Vibrant. Impressionist. Emotive. Beauty

Do you have any design heroes?

Leonid Afremov is an artist that I have always been inspired by. His use of colour is incredible and I could sit and look at his paintings all day. He definitely inspired me to start experimenting with a palette knife instead of a paintbrush and I haven’t looked back since.

Where is your studio?

My studio is in my conservatory at the back of my house in Sale. It is a small but bright open space which allows me to look over the garden and have the sun stream in whilst I paint.

studio picture

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

Drawing, ballerinas, photographs, forests, oils, colour, mixing, fun, energetic, messy.



Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I have recently begun creating a collection of paintings of forested scenes both in colour and black and white. Some being quite abstract in style. I spent a lot of time walking and taking photos of beautiful wooded scenes in winter and spring on various walks around Trafford, Cheshire, Formby and Dorset. I really want to portray my love of nature through my work.

Formby pinewoods

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?
This is the first year I will be exhibiting for the Sale Arts Trail.

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

At the Sale Arts Trail I have tried to create an environment where there is something for everybody. My collection of new oil painted wooden scenes will be available as well as my collection of Ballerina paintings on canvas. There will be a collection of framed and mounted black ink pen sketches of ballerinas’ and also a selection of my work on postcards, all for sale.

What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

I am exhibiting at my own studio on Nursery Close in Sale Moor. There will be the opportunity to see my studio setup for painting as well as lots of paintings and framed sketches on display. If the sun is out there will also be work displayed outside.

If you are opening your studio on the trail have you got anyone exhibiting at your studio?

I am fortunate enough to have two very talented exhibitors with me. Jane Mitchell, a textile artist who produces limited edition, handmade and exclusive art including fine silk scarves. Also Karin Sheldon, an artist in precious metals, jeweller and silversmith specialising in exotic techniques.

Tell us something we don’t know
I worked for 8 years in a bespoke Jewellery retail environment learning the value of individuality. Inspired by this service I now also offer a bespoke service of individually commissioned paintings and sketches to customers who would like something unique and personal to them.


Thank you!


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