Sara Dudman RWA British, b. 1964

'The works presented here are responses to my research trips to The Isles of Scilly and Cornwall during 2019. My visit to The Scillies in early summer was as amazing as everybody told me it would be! Stunningly clean, white beaches, azure blue seas and undisturbed wildlife: it was heaven. During my visits I spent time walking, drawing, videoing, note-taking and documenting experiences, sensations and observations. My quest to walk the perimeter coastal footpath of each inhabited island of The Scillies, along with new stretches of the South West Coastal Footpath in Cornwall afforded fabulous opportunities to breathe in, absorb and internalise the sights, sounds, movements and connections between myself, the birds, the rocks and the sea.


'I have an ongoing fascination with interpreting and expressing interactions and relationships with the environment.  The mesmerising fascination with the light, water and characteristic activity of the birds has been a key influence in the evolution and development of this body of works. The works seek to balance the seemingly fragile and chaotic motion and transience of the birds against the expansiveness of the sea, shoreline and sky.


'The works are created in layers, alternately recording and expressing both the substance and at times elusive essence of all aspects of the painting, identifying the relationship between them. Broad swathes of light and colour characterise and counterpoint the linear qualities in many of the works.  


‘Using the personal and interpretive possibilities of drawing and painting, yet derived from the immediacy and documentation of video, these works combine analysis and emotion.’


Born in 1964, Sara graduated with a BA (hons) in Fine Art from Loughborough College of Art and Design (1987), followed by a MA from De Montfort University, Leicester (1997). Sara has been shown in many solo, joint and group exhibitions widely in the Southwest, London, New York and Hamburg, including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Jerwood Drawing Prize, BEEP2018 Contemporary Painting Prize, and The Society of Wildlife Artists’ exhibition, ‘The Natural Eye’. Sara has received several awards and prizes including in collaboration with fellow artist Debbie Locke RWA: Millfield Summer Show 2013 (prize-winner); John Singer Sargent Open, 2014 (Main Prize-winner); Thelma Hulbert Open, 2014 (First Prize-Winner). Sara has received grants from Arts Council England to develop and share her practice. Since 1997 Sara has worked in Arts education as a lecturer, artist in residence, curator and advisor.


Sara is a Royal West of England Academician where she is a member of the Exhibitions Advisory Group. She is also a member of the National Society for Education in Art and Design.


Sara lives and works in Somerset and is being exhibited for the third time in Cornwall at the Porthminster Gallery.