Born in Adelaide, Sarah studied under renowned Australian artist Ruth Tuck and is a contemporary and friend of highly successful South Australian artist, Janet Ayliffe.
Much influenced by the styles of Van Gogh, Gauguin and Toulouse Lautrec, Sarah has worked in graphic design for many years, specialising in posters for zoos and her work can be found in collections as far afield as Australia, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Greece, the USA and the UK. She may be commissioned to portray family pets and to date has made this an important part of her portfolio.
Sarah’s bold, bright and sensitive animal portraits show a strong sense of nature’s mark on our lives whilst reflecting her love of domestic and wildlife and an understanding of the relationships between man and the animal kingdom.
I believe we live on a wonderful planet “Earth” with a fantastic array of other life forms – plant, insect, fish, animal, bird and reptile – which have secured footholds and evolved to inhabit every corner of these world.
Of all the variety of life here, the only ones which have any chance of escaping to the outside limits are the humans – we occupy our own zoo “earth”, a gilded cage indeed in which we also from part of the exhibits. As fellow creatures in the cage we should take great care of our fellow inhabitants and see they come to no harm.
The extinction of any other creature is a slur on our ability to accept fully the role we have taken upon ourselves as custodians of this zoo and so diminishes us and weakens our position.
I have always loved our co-inhabitors and have compiled over the years portraits of many of them, both friends and wild. I have selected some for you and hope it will excite your interest in and consequent care for their health and habitat – on which ours also depends – on this planet, “Our Zoo”.