Gwanwyn Festival Art Commission

Emyrs Williams has completed his commissioned painting for the Gwanwyn Festival.   It’s very interesting to see  how the painting has developed which you can look at by following his blog.   He has a fine show of his work from the last five years at Oriel Theatr Clwyd in Mold.  I like the surreal dream-like landscapes that Emrys paints, with his recurring motifs, so that after looking at the paintings for a while, there is a sense of narrative, of an emerging mysterious story.

The completed Gwanwyn Festival Art Commission is on display at Theatr Clwyd with examples of work from the other two shortlisted artists myself and Jan Gardner.     Jan’s painting is full of vibrant colours and I especially like the turquoise and orange colours in the painting that make it feel alive.  To get a better look at her brilliant paintings visit her website.

The piece of work I have submitted for the show is a pastel drawing  ‘Lynn with Head Scarf’ (905mm x 638 mm) pictured.

The Gwanwyn Festival Art Commission is on show at Theatr Clwyd until 3rd March 2012 then it continues it’s tour to different parts of Wales.

Winter Open Exhibition

Peekaboo by Sarah HopeOriel Q – Queens Hall Gallery, High Street, Narberth, Pembrokeshire SA67 7AS

This is an open exhibition of work by local artists – a mix of drawings, paintings, and sculpture.  I have my painting ‘Peek-a-boo’ in this exhibition.  The opening takes place on 7pm Friday 9th December.

Shortlisted for ‘Artist of the Year 2011’

I’m delighted to say I have been shortlisted for the ‘Artist of the Year 2011’ for Artists & Illustrators Magazine.  Last year I was a runner up and I am really thrilled to be shortlisted  in the Portrait catagory again this year.  There are some fantastic paintings in the competition and I’m reallly pleased to be selected alongside these talented artists.  To view the work and cast your vote for this years winner click on this link VOTE scroll down the page to see the paintings and then at the bottom of the page you can select the artist you want to vote for.

I will post the results when they are announced!

Highly Commended at UKCPS Exhibition

I had a great time at the opening of the UKCPS exhibition in London.  There were 234 drawings with some amazing technical ability on show.  The organisers of the exhibition have done a fantastic job and it was great to meet some of the society members.  I was delighted to receive a Highly Commended Award for ‘Meeting Herbert’.  I was presented the award by Bernard Poulin and the actor Philip Glenister (pictured) who was there promoting the work of Shooting Star Chase (a children’s hospice service) .  It was lovely having my father, daughter (pictured next to her portrait) and her boyfriend there with me.  We also enjoyed having a drawing session with the beautiful coloured pencils that Faber-Castell provided, as they were sponsoring the event,  marking their 250th anniversary. (Gemma’s drawing pictured)

As part of my trip I also visited some other art exhibitions in London.  I really enjoyed the Jerwood Drawing Prize, I particularly liked Dave Farnham’s video and the work of Ruby Manson.  I also visited the Degas show at the Royal Academy, the Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition at the Mall Galleries and the Romantics at Tate Britain.  It was a busy but fulfilling trip and I hope to go again soon!

UKCPS 10th Open International Annual Exhibition

herbert-copyI’m looking forward to the opening of UKCPS 10th Open International Annual Exhibition.  I have two drawing on show, ‘Megabyte’ & ‘Meeting Herbert’.  ‘Meeting Herbert’ is a portrait of a lovely gentleman that I used to meet  on my walks.  We always stopped to chat with each other and our interactions were full of good humour and fun.  Sadly Herbert died earlier this year, but  I hope I was able to capture his gentle nature and the twinkle in his eye.

‘Megabyte’ is a drawing of my daughter.   Constructing the composition I found myself fascinated by our capacity as human beings, to consume and the fine line, where pleasure can become discomfort.

UKCPS is the United Kingdom Coloured Pencil Society.  I joined the society recently and hope to meet some of the other artists at the opening.  There will be over 200 drawings exhibited at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, London, SW1H 9NH.  I’ll be going to the private view on Sunday 18th September, then it’s open from 19th September – 1st October 2011.  Also looking forward to visiting some galleries in London!

Tabernacle Art Competition


I have a pastel drawing in the Tabernacle Art  Competition 2011 ‘Feeling’ at Moma wales, Machynlleth 18th July to 3rd September.  The drawing is part of a dream series and is called ‘Severance’.  It is about the feelings of loss and separation I experienced when my daughter left Wales to go Uni in London.  I would like to think that other parents looking at the image would empathise with me.  I did not mean to make myself look so sad, afterall leaving home is part of a natural order of events that must happen and in fact shows that somewhere I have fullfilled my role as a parent.  If you look in the image you will see the river, which in real life eventually leads back to the sea and the coastline of  beautiful Wales where I live.  I’m hoping that one day her roots will bring her back!

Gwanwyn Festival Commission announced

The winner of the Gwanwyn Festival Commission was announced by Roy Noble programme on BBC Radio Wales on Thursday  7th July.  The commission for a major work of art to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Gwanwyn Festival (supported by the Arts Council of Wales) has been awarded to Emrys Williams. They said the decision was difficult to make with stiff competition from the other shortlisted artists;  Jan Gardner from Deganwy in North Wales and me!

Delivery of Commissions


I enjoyed the creative process of painting these portraits so much.  Starting with discussing the commissions with the clients, then spending time with the children, chasing them around with my camera and sketch book and later spending hours and hours painting! They are lovely children and it was a pleasure to paint their portraits.  Finally delivering the completed paintings to their new home.  I was pleased with the paintings, but I was even happier that the parents loved them too. The family thought the portraits were wonderful and that the work  exceded their expectations!  This was fantastic feed back for me and so satifying to hear how much they treasured them.

Society of Women Artists Exhibition 2011


I went to the opening of Society of Women Artists 150th Celebratory Exhibition 29th July.  The Mall Galleries was brimed full of people and there was a great atmosphere.  I felt really pleased to have my work  ‘Summer Glow’  included alongside such interesting and accomplished work.  It was also lovely to have my family with me to share the experience.  The exhibition was opened by Princess Michael of Kent who also presented awards.  Well done to fellow Welsh artist Andie Clay, who won the St Cuthbert’s Mill award.  The exhibition runs from 30th June to 9th July 2011 at the Mall galleries, London.

Completed Comissions

I have just finished two commissioned portraits.  The paintings are of two children commissioned by their parents.  Although it has been hard work and has taken many months, I’ve enjoyed every moment of painting these two adorable children.  I’m planning to deliver them to the clients in London when I go to the opening of the  Society of Women Artists Exhibition.

Disappointing news

The visit from the Gwanwyn Festival judges went well and I really enjoyed the experience, but unfortunately I didn’t get the commission!  I feel really pleased that they considered my work and that I made the short list.  The positive news is that when the commissioned painting is completed next year, it will tour around Wales.  Myself and the other short listed artist will have the opportunity to exhibit one of our paintings with the commissioned piece.  So that’s good!

More Good News!

Today I heard I’ve been shortlisted to the final three artists in Wales for the Gwanwyn Festival Commission!  This festival is held every May and has events all over Wales.  It celebrates creativity in people over fifty.  The commission will be a painting to celebrate five years of the festival.  Members of the judging panel will visit me to see my work and hear my ideas for the commission.  I’m feeling elated!

Good news


Heard today that I’ve had a painting ‘Summer Glow’ accepted in the Society of Women Artists 150th Celebratory Exhibition.  The show will be in the Mall Galleries starting 30 June 2011.  This is a fantastic gallery and to be included in the Society of Women Artists show is brilliant!

Lines & Strata 2

megabyte1Lines and Strata 2 continues on it’s tour of Wales opening in Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery in Bangor 22nd Jan -5th March 2011.  The exhibition is of Welsh contempary drawing and this is the last venue for the show (the organisers have done a great job!)  I have a drawing included called ‘Megabyte’ which went to an exhibition in Japan in 2009, so it is quite a well travelled little picture!