Sarah Connell

"My paintings are primarily about light, atmosphere and colour. I have painted in traditional media ever since I can remember, but now also paint digitally using a stylus and tablet at a computer or on an iPad. My parents are both creative and encouraged me as a child by buying me ‘grown up’ paints, and sometimes my Dad let me tag along with his night school art class. The fact he was a printer meant there was always paper by the ream for me to draw on.

 

I went on to study Art History and Archaeology at Nottingham University, and then Clothing Design at Manchester Metropolitan University. It was whilst studying clothing design I first became interested in digital painting, and wrote my dissertation on analogue versus digital fashion illustration.

 

In a way I am still exploring how traditional painting influences my digital work and vice versa. I went on to work in design and photography for a few companies, eventually going freelance and spending more and more time painting."