International, multi- award winning equestrian and portrait artist Sarah Simmonds is exhibiting her prizewinning Equestrian and Portrait paintings at The Fittleworth Gallery.
“Working in all media including oils, watercolour, pastel, tempera, acrylic, pencil, biro! and even clay I can usually oblige/fulfil the clients choice of style for the commission.”
“Unfortunately, my skills and love of art were not recognised at school, where I would get severely reprimanded for handing in homework which I “could not possibly have done myself”? Instead, I studied Veterinary at Cambridge University, and have devoted most of my life to this rewarding career. Devoting my life to my Art instead would have been amazing as I am never happier than when I am painting. I am now making up for lost time and concentrating solely on my art.”I have a lifetime of Art to create and lessons to be learnt, to cram into a third of a lifetime. Where there’s a will and passion there’s a way! I have backpacked extensively to remote places and my photography of the beautiful people that I had the good-fortune to encounter was probably my main inspiration to start portrait painting. Obviously, my love of animals (especially horses) inspired me too. Eyes are the windows to the soul …but horses’ eyes also connect to your own soul. Something takes over when I get absorbed in my painting and “it” manages to capture an exact likeness, which is a huge thrill for me. However, my overarching desire is for every piece of my artwork to be `beautiful’ in its own right. My art has won many major awards, been exhibited in London, and published.
- “The Mare and Foal”, Winner of the most important competition in equestrian art “The Society of Equestrian Artists Exhibition” at Christie’s, London.
- Sarah is described as “one of today’s leading contemporary artists,” included in the Strokes of Genius publication which showcases 137 pieces of standout work by selected international artists. One of these pieces “Blossom” is also in the gallery along with other award winners “Final Furlong” and “Lions at Sunset.”
- Exhibited at Christies, Westminster Galleries and Alexandra Palace.
- Recent Winner of 4 Awards in the 10th Anniversary ‘Light Space Time’ International Exhibition including:- Overall Winner – “Camel Driver” Selected as “Best of the Best” of various forms of art, from well over 2000 entrants from 34 countries.