Sarah Hanner Hopwood has been doodling, painting, drawing and snapping since she was a nipper, and grew up in a very creative family. It was only recently that she took up painting more intensely, and while she has worked with a few mediums, right now watercolour is proving favourite. She is usually most creative when her brain is less busy. She works full time so has little opportunity during the 9-5 to be creative but keeps a sketchbook close by most of the time to capture anything that can’t take her attention at that moment. Trips away to Wales, Yorkshire and other beautiful places always results in new ideas, the difficulty she has is the time to execute them but she is often found squeezing in a sketch or a quick painting on her lunch break!
Sarah is inspired by the natural world, and finds the connection we need with it a motivator to explore it. In her wildlife paintings she likes to capture the movement or the character of each creature, a darting squirrel or a pensive robin. She is also drawn to the lonely landscapes of South Wales and the Scottish Highlands, where a single barn can sit in a landscape. Her landscape paintings are more abstract representations and reflect the places she might like to escape to, when she needs a break from a busy life! When she is not painting, she works full time for the NHS and can often be found in Wales, or running at snail’s pace. Sometimes, the two together!