Welcome to my website.
I’m Sarah Poat and I am a watercolour artist from Devon.
Painting at Devon Open Studios
I love to celebrate the British wild flowers and plants that I find whilst walking in the countryside in South Devon and on Dartmoor. In just a short stretch of hedgerow there can be an amazing variety of colours and forms to be seen! Often I depict plants and flowers growing in their natural habit- cheek by jowl; intertwined. I also paint landscapes, natural history subjects and abstracts.
I began working in watercolour when I joined a botanical art class in 2009. In the intervening years I have continued to learn whilst raising a family and working. There is so much more still to learn- every new plant I paint needs investigating and different techniques will be explored to establish how to best illustrate it.
I have several paintings included in 'Exotic Botanical Illustration' (2012) and 'Botanical Illustration for beginners: a step-by-step guide' (2015), both written by Rosie Martin and Meriel Thurstan.
I am a member of the South West Society of Botanical Artists (SWSBA). In 2018 I exhibited as part of a SWSBA group at the RHS in London and we were awarded a silver medal for Botanical Art. I am also a member of the Eden Project Florilegium Society.
I exhibited 7 paintings at the RHS London Art and Photography Show in July 2019. My exhibition title was 'The River Dart: Moor to Sea' and illustrated a number of the plants that grow within the different habitats that the River Dart flows through from where it rises on Dartmoor to its end at Dartmouth on the coast. The habitats included bog/mire, ancient woodland, moorland, hedgerow, farmland, urban and coast. I was delighted to have been awarded an RHS silver-gilt medal.
This year I am involved in the Dartmoor National Park 'Moor Otters' project. There will be 80 otter sculptures exhibited on or around Dartmoor from 27th May until the end of September. My otter is called 'Mayflower' and is to celebrate 400 years since the ship 'Mayflower' sailed from both Dartmouth and Plymouth for America. My design incorporates mayflowers and hawthorn and a seascape with the ship on the back of the otter. My otter will be exhibited in Plymouth as part of the Mayflower celebrations. Photos can be seen in my Projects section of the website.
I have been exhibiting with the Manaton Makers at Devon Open Studios since 2014. This year the Devon Open Studios event is from Saturday 12th to Sunday 27th September 2020. The Manaton Makers will be exhibiting at The Gallery Barn, Ullacombe Farm, Haytor Road, Near Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9LL.
Exhibitions this year:
'Mayflower' my 'Moor otter' sculpture will be exhibited in Plymouth, venue TBC, from 27th May until the end of September
Devon Open Studios: 12 to 27 September
I sell my cards, prints and originals directly to the public during the Open Studios event in September. Alternatively, my cards are available from the National Trust shop at Widecombe in the moor, Silver Lion Jewellers in Ashburton, the Village Shop in Broadhempston and the Orchard Cafe in Abbotskerswell. For any other enquiries please contact me directly.
I offer one-to-one tuition and workshops. If you are interested in tuition or if you would like me to contact you if I am having a workshop please contact me through the contact page on the website or directly by email (see below).
I hope you enjoy my website! Sarah Poat
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