My story

Sarah Riley painting on the beach in Anglesey
brush stroke

Simple moments, reimagined.

I juggle painting with a bustling family life. Art lets me pause (although never for long!)

I’m attracted to landscapes that I’m actively part of; places that hold happy memories, places I revisit time and time again. Ordinary to others yet special to me.

Nature is generous, and being outside gives my thoughts room to roam. It’s this fusion of the physical landscape and freedom of imagination that enables me to create immersive and joyful paintings that connect.

My Process

I sketch quickly to focus me on points of interest within the landscape. I talk and walk, recording my reactive observations to replay back in my studio.

When a seed begins to grow that’s my signal to act. Momentum helps my paintings feel lively and stay close.

I know when a painting’s complete if it feels slightly unfinished. If I overwork it becomes rigid and difficult to find its quiet voice.

Retaining the quiet voice amongst the intuitive mark-making is my challenge; to relax and brighten in one extended gaze.

Sarah Riley painting in her New Mills studio
Sarah Riley, painting on a beach in Anglesey
Sarah Riley in New Mills
Sarah Riley, sketching in her New Mills studio
Sarah Riley, working in her New Mills studio

“I absolutely adore looking at our painting, it’s a magical adventure waiting to happen. Simply strap on your hiking boots, pack some sandwiches, and jump into the art world.”

- Jo D



Purple Days Exhibition for Epilepsy Action. Milestone Studios and Gallery, New Mills


Wilmslow Art Trail, Wilmslow
'Dara' Tree of Life, The Old Lock Up Gallery, Cromford
Solo Exhibition 'Breathe' at The Locks Coffee House, Marple
Cotton on MCR, International Women’s Day Exhibition, Great Northern, Manchester

Wilmslow Art Trail, Wilmslow
Solo Exhibition at The Locks Coffee House, Marple

Macclesfield Open Online Art Exhibition 2021
Solo Exhibition, Marple
Stockport Art Guild 100th Annual Art Exhibition, Stockport Art Gallery

Love of Illusion, Technically Brilliant Gallery, Warrington
Macclesfield Open Online Art Exhibition 2020

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