Artist Statement by Sara Sherwood Contemporary Abstract Artist There is beauty everywhere and I am captivated by the reflections, shapes and angles of the city as well as the curves in nature. I interpret a view with emotion and express that in paint. My aim is to bring positivity into a work of art. I begin to work as I am but with clear intention and faith by the end of the painting we have both been transformed into beauty with a strength that is beyond my understanding. When I am feeling very happy I use the lifted feeling in my heart to push the paint into joyous swoops and swirls and capture that moment of pleasure and freedom. My spiritual journey and free thinking approach to fine art began in 2000. I studied at Bournemouth and Poole college of Art and Design from 1986 to 1988 and prior to that at Herefordshire college of Art and Design from 1984 to 1986. Having worked in the design sector for 16 years, I became a full time artist in 2005. Working in oil on canvas, my passion is for colour, self-expression and fluidity. I love to work alla prima, putting colours down instinctively, blending with brushes and using my hands and a palette knife with intuition and spontaneity. Inspiration comes from a source far greater than me: everyday moments; nature and life experiences all add to the creative process. When I paint I am fulfilled and aim to pass this love, spirituality and joy into my art.