Sarah Ollerenshaw is an artist with a background in fine art restoration. She studied Spanish and History of Art at Birmingham University and then took a postgraduate diploma at Christie's which led on to an apprenticeship in restoration and conservation. Throughout her studies and restoration work she has always painted - art and art history has always been her passion. She has recently finished a two year stint as artist in residence at a prep school in Fulham; and is a full time artist and mother.
Sarah's landscapes are drawn from her experiences whilst out walking with her family and her border terrier. She has been working on a body of work which brings a fresh perception to how we see our London Parks. Her work heavily references the Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park amongst other London green spots and she has more recently been painting the bluebells at Clivedon.
Sarah's work is executed with an intensity and vigour using painterly bold marks, scratches and a range of palette knives. She is increasingly interested in how paint moves and how depending on its placement, colour can either sing or disappear. Her work is deceptively simple but on closer inspection the layering of the paint reveals the work involved. The tension between abstraction and a photographic edge is the desired effect. The colourful rhythmic poetry and balance of her work combined with the workmanship results in joyful paintings of artistic integrity.