“Colourful Places” My big, Horsham District Year of Culture Project by Sarah Duffield
Exhibition dates – 28th September – 14th December
I’ve been working as a full time artist for approximately six years now, my latest venture is art tutoring, love it. Some people like my work, some people don’t and that’s fine, our lives and homes would be terribly boring if we all liked the same thing – I describe my work as Marmite and I love it (coincidently I love Marmite as well) I have found a way of seeing the world that excites me and it is that way of seeing which I try to express when creating a painting.
Last year I was commissioned by Horsham District council to produce four landscape paintings of well known views of the district for the Year of Culture project, the paintings were to be displayed in a solo exhibition at Horsham museum and art gallery. We asked residents for suggestions of well loved views and comprised a list, I bought a map (slow worker and rubbish at Geography) and spent a month discovering some the beautiful areas right on my doorstep. I met lots of lovely people who were often happy to point me in the right direction, discovered many new places to get a great lunch, found tree houses, a beach, got lost in a forest (the geography thing) walked up some big hills, realized I am petrified of cows and that you need to break walking boots in before you tramp off for miles in them.
After much consideration and walking we choose views spread across the district which we felt would be familiar to many residents; Knepp estate and ruin, The view from Beeding Hill, The Arun and chalk pits in Amberley and Chesworth Farm in Horsham
What I produced took time and consideration. The paintings had to be great on their own as well as together. It’s not a perfect collection of works, if I did it again I would do it differently but I am quietly just a little bit over the moon with how my big HDYoC project has turned out.
The finished project will be displayed at the Horsham museum between the 28th of September and the 14th of December at my “Colopurful Places” exhibition. The 90cm x 70cm paintings will be shown along side other works many of which are based on views suggested for the project. Also on display will be some of the sketches produced for the project accompanied by my own musings and thoughts about my work.
I’ll be at the museum from midday on the 5th of October to present four mini prints to the people whose name suggestions were used for the artworks. I’ll also be available to answer any questions people might have about my work, my painting style and this project – Everyone is welcome.
Featured image: “Ambling (River Arun and chalk pit at Amberley)