Author Archives: Sarah Sclater

Jess Gale

Jess is an inspiration to anyone who wants a change.  Always creative she did not actually start painting until she was 40. She has now completed a course at Heatherleigh school of Art and is exhibiting work in galleries throughout the country.


Based between Dorset and London Jess travels widely and loves the wide open spaces and big skies of the Outer Hebrides, and the North Dorset Downs. She is drawn to colour which she masters with brilliance and her eye brings a simplified abstraction too many of her subjects.

Boo Mallinson


Studying art at the Byam Shaw School of Art and City of Guilds School for Arts – Boos work is exhibited throughout the country and is held in numerous collections.

Boos work reflects her daily walks around the beautiful dorset coastline and hills were she has lived for the past twenty years.   She uses the changing light, the shapes and lines of the landscape to create pieces that reflect the strong sense of place in which she lives.  Using her memories she intuitively recalls her experience exploring colour and abstraction moving between her imagination and the reality she remembers.

Belinda Rush Jansen

Belinda grew up in Scotland on the Black Isle and has a strong connection to nature, history and the maternal form.  She graduated from the Edinburgh School of Art in 1983 having been tutored by Vincent Butler.


Her work is intensely personal and tender and reflects her interest in cave art, Eskimo nomadic carvings and the tomb animals of the Egyptians and Chinese.




Michelle Clements

Michelle works in both driftwood and oils creating tow very different works.

Her driftwood pieces are fantastically detailed and painstakingly created for the purchaser to admire.

Her exuberant oils into which she adds model figures are both witty and whimsical – guaranteeing a smile whenever ones eye lingers long enough to find the figure with a broken leg or dropped ice-cream.

Emsie Sharpe

Emsie studied glass at West Surrey College of Art and Design completing a BA Hons in 1996.  She has worked in various studios around the world including three years on the Island of Murano, Venice. There she assisted in the making of wine glasses and chandeliers. 

Since her return to England in 2002 she has run her own studio in Dorset where she has developed her skills to make both functional and decorative items and abstract work.  She specialises in stem ware and recently has been working with the National Trust at Mompesson House, contributing to thier 18th century wine glass exhibition.

Emsie was recently commissioned by the BBC in colaboration with the National Trust to produce Georgian inspired wine glasses for their series “The Manor Reborn” which was aired in December 2011.​

Nicola Henshaw

Nicola’s expert handling of wood create magical forms remind on of the wooden toys you may have longed for as a child – fascinated by folk-law and fables her work often holds a message or a moral for the handler.  her work is shown and collected in many private and public collections and she has completed numerous public art commissions throughout Britain.

Jenny Cowderay

Jenny works mainly working with oil paint on canvas. Her work is focused on using abstraction to depict the beauty of the imperfect and the impermanence of life and nature. Landscapes, river and water scenes, still lives and portraits all represent the balance between beauty and decay, the transformation inherent in nature, in all of us.

Long influenced by Japanese art and, in particular, the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-sabi, Cowderoy delights in the beauty of the old over the new, of autumn over summer, in real life, in true character and unpolished reality. Her process involves repeated manipulation and transformation of the works until they are beautifully imperfect.

Jenny currently lives and works in Bath.

Sarah Hough

At the core of my work is the experience of the here and now in partnership with landscape. It’s about slowing down, finding space, noticing and absorbing the moments that are happening and not humanly orchestrated. It’s those raw, powerful and elemental moments that remind me what a privilege it is to be alive and a tiny part of the great and cyclical force of nature. 

This experience has been fundamental in the development of my work over the past couple of years which I have found both challenging and exciting. As we grow, learn, live and love – we change, and so does the work we produce. I have become increasingly focused on trying to express the experience of being immersed in the landscape and elements; the feel of the wind on my face; the sun; the rain; the low winter light, and the rise and fall of the tide.

And so, the drawing, painting or monotype might be about the rain coming in from the west or the tide moving between the sandbanks but it is always about the ‘moment’, what is happening right here right now, and how that makes me feel. 

I collect moments and store them in my work in the hope that my work might help give others a chance to slow down and take a moment for themselves in the here and now, and breathe a little more deeply.

The body of work I am showing here at Art at Home 2019 has been instrumental in the creation of a large-scale immersive installation recently exhibited at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts. These are precious moments which I now feel ready to release and am delighted to exhibit them at Sarah Sclater’s Art at Home where I can always trust her expert eye and carefully considered curation.

Vanessa Cooper

Vanessa Cooper is Hampshire born and has been painting since her early ‘teens. She studied at Portsmouth University, first exhibited her work in 1987, and has built a reputation as a bold, imaginative artist with a deep love of colour.  She now lives in West Dorset surrounded by her family and animals – it is easy to see where she gets her inspiration when visiting her where flowers and brightly coloured furnishing abound. 

Trisha Walsh

Informal classes and workshops in painting, drawing, printing and etching over the last ten years have helped Tricia’s change of perspective and ways of seeing, in very large part thanks to The Trenchard Studio group and the beautiful School of Painting at St Ives, Cornwall.

Graphic connection with a sheet of paper, mixing colour and mark making are central to Tricia’s enjoyment of art!

There is undoubtedly magic as well as chemistry and physics at work in making art, coupled with the innate human urge to make connections and communicate by leaving small traces of beauty and memory.

Trained as a nurse and an overseas development coordinator, travel took her to Altai Siberia, Kashmir, West and East Africa, sadly though not with a sketchbook!

She lives in a very small place in an interesting town in Somerset and is involved with community relations.





Mole Browne

Mole lives and works in Bridport and is a huge talent working in the medium of Verre églomisé, from the French term meaning glass gilded. It is a process where the back/reverse side of the glass is gilded with gold, silver or metal leaf using a gelatin adhesive. The result is a mirror-like, reflective finish in which designs are then engraved. The technique dates back to the pre-Roman eras, but its name is derived from 18th century French decorator and art-dealer Jean-Baptise Glomy(1711–1786) who is responsible for its re-popularization.





Sarah Cannon

Living on a rural property on the Hay plains, Sarah lives with her husband Richard, young daughter Skye, younger son Henry and twins Tom and Sophie.

Sarah loved art all through her schooling career, experimenting with a number of mediums, and later preferring acrylic and watercolour. Keeping all things art as a hobby, Sarah emersed herself in a bachelor of Education primary degree in which she went on to teach in a wide range of schools both overseas, in the city and finally in the country.

Over the last few years, Sarah has returned to art whilst raising her young family and creating a memorable family home. She is influenced by her children, overseas trips with her husband, Richard, and country living.

Victoria Jardine

Victoria is a dynamo as her extensive CV shows.  Whoever she goes she seeks out the best teachers and excels in there guidance, A foundation course at Cheltenham Art College, an Architecture Degree, a spell as a teacher herself and her studio at Archway Ceramics in London have all had their part to play in the development of her unique work.

Jessamy Keilly

Jessamy utilises a traditional medium- dip pen and India ink -in innovative and original ways, producing pieces that are inspired by the natural world around her. Having grown up on Exmoor, she has recently moved to Dorset where living on the Jurassic coast, she has focused on producing artwork that champions her love for the sea – from mesmerising fish mandalas to more abstract & fluid alcohol ink pieces. Jessamy is motivated to explore the patterns & scenes found in nature and coastal life and this is reflected in the varied style of her artworks.

Tom Stevenson

Tom Stevenson is based in Devon where he works from life, drawing much of his inspiration from the unique light and colour of the South West. Dramatic skies and glancing light, together with strong compositions relying on figures as well as the landscape, are characteristic of his work which reads as both an intuitive and a calculated response to familiar places and situations across the region. Born in 1984, Tom studied Fine Art in Exeter. In recent years Tom has exhibited with the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the New English Art Club, Chelsea Art Society and the South West Academy. His work hangs in private collections in the UK and abroad.


Maria Rose

Maria was born in Croydon, London in 1985 but has subsequently lived the West Country for most of her life. She obtained a degree in Fine Art, Painting from the University of Plymouth (in Exeter) in 2007. She mostly paints outdoors ‘en plein air’ and seeks impressionistic portrayal of light and colour; she also enjoys the occasional still-life in the studio when the weather is against her. Maria has exhibited with the South West Academy, the Royal Institute of Oil painters, the Chelsea Art Society and the New English Art Club among others and recently exhibited at Capturing the Moment, the inaugural show of the British Plein Air Painters at the Menier Gallery, London (Oct 2018). Maria was a contestant on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018. Prizes include the Julian Barrow Award for a Painting (CaS 2017) and Windsor and Newton Young Artist 2nd Prize (ROI 2017).

Miriam Shepphard

Miriam has exhibited widely around the Bath and Wells area and I am delighted that she has agreed to exhibit work this year with Art at Home. In her own words ….

I wish to capture the atmosphere of landscape and sky as I see and feel it. To me, this subject offers an endless source of inspiration. By removing references to humans or animals, my focus is on the land, the sky and the interaction between them. The transient nature of the sky and the effect it has on the land.

Of course, few landscapes are free of human influence – the fields are ploughed, planted, harvested and the hedges create boundaries. However, skies continuously change; clouds form, disperse and reform, the light either direct or indirect moves on the land. The moments before a storm, a sunset or a foggy morning have very different atmospheres and it is this diversity that I find endlessly fascinating.

My paintings all start as simple sketches, from observation. I then develop various studies before starting on what I hope to be finished paintings. Working this way allows me to really explore a subject and if it really appeals I often work on a series based on a theme.

Corinna Pyman

Corinna was taught to throw by George Farkas in London in 1999. He instilled a respect for thrown forms which still informs the shapes of the bowls and cups which she makes today- essentially that the user should be “invited in”, and by extension the whole object should be a pleasure to hold and to touch.

Corinna often mixes her own glazes and the idea is that the glaze becomes the decorative interest of the piece, sometimes alone and sometimes in concert with  other glazes, either overlapping or slip-trailed into swirls on a wheel.   She often uses coloured slips under both white and transparent glazes to provide a stronger colour; but the glazes are never “flat”- even white on its own has minute speckles which appear as part of the firing process.

Michelle McCullagh

Michelle is a Dorset born artist whose love of animals and nature has influenced her work from a young age. A talented horsewomen her understanding of an animals physiology is clear. Trained at Falmouth School of Art,Michelle has travelled widely and now lives in the Welsh mountains where the wild landscape is giving her work a new and exciting dimension.

Judy Thompson

Judy is not exhibiting at Art at home 2019

Judy work is humorous, vibrant and her brushwork wonderfully free.  A busy mother, grandmother and businesswoman in her own right,  Judy’s painting reflects her good humour and love for life – while incorporating her travels and unique vision of the landscapes around her.

Liz Somerville

Liz is not exhibiting at Art at home 2019

I am hugely exhibited at hLiz has agreed to exhibit with Art at Home – Her work is highly  respected and  has interested me for many years.

Liz graduated from Winchester School of Art in 1988 with a degree in Textile Design. In London she freelanced for print design agents whilst continuing to develop her paintings and prints.

She moved to Dorset in 2004 to concentrate on her printmaking and painting, and has taken part in numerous open studios and group exhibitions since. Inspired by Ravilious, Nash and Bawden, her imagery concentrates on landscape and the incidental forms and structures found within it.

Walking forms a major part of Liz’s work and life. She does most of it in winter, a perfect time to see a landscape, really see it; it’s bare bones, hard contours, un-obscured structures and un-adorned trees. Once back in the studio she draws what she’s seen, using sketches, photos and memory. These drawings form the backbone to her linocuts. From them she is able to really define her subject before refining and translating into a linocut.

She combines relief print with painting which allows her to re-work a single image many times, changing its appearance in each case. She works in a studio attached to her house in a small village in the heart of west Dorset.

Rosie Tatchell

Rosie was born in 1986. It was a busy happy start in life and as the youngest of three girls Rosie showed from a young age a natural ability to get in and out of trouble and also loved art. Art has always been a huge part of Rosie’s life.
Rosie studied portraiture and still-life painting at Charles H.Cecil studios in Florence from 2008 to 2011. This school is one of only a handful worldwide teaching traditional methods of painting in oil.

Her work is unique in its traditional style with a vibrant modern take – it will draw you in and delight as you discover both humour and beauty within.

Caroline Barnes

Caroline is not exhibiting at Art at Home 2019

Caroline specialises in creating an exquisite range of handmade porcelain products from buttons to framed collections.

Each piece is handmade from porcelain clay, glazed and then decorated using platinum and coloured decals created from Caroline’s illustrations and photographs. Inspired by vintage prints, botanical drawings and the beach finds from nearby Lyme Regis Caroline has created a highly contemporary ceramic collection.


Meriel Ensom

Having been brought up in Dorset, Meriel started painting birds and fish on driftwood after moving to the Essex coast in 1987.  She is mainly self taught and draws upon her love of wildlife and the sea to create her hugely popular and beautiful pieces.  She now lives in Seaford in East Sussex.