Sarah Heelis (Nesbitt)

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I paint to escape – to meditate – my mood governs what effect the image portrays. 
I like to walk into the painting, focusing on the depth and the shadows. Sometimes the atmosphere comes from reality, say a bowl of tomatoes, or other objects, for example, flowers. I like to experiment with shapes and shadows evoking a feeling from the image. With landscapes, I choose random vistas on the way from A to B or create fantasy from a pleasing composition.

I do not have a studio but paint in situ, my surroundings: objects, the landscape or flowers. When in Newark I use the green room which occasionally transforms into a dining room, or the kitchen late at night when all are in bed. In Wales wherever the light or weather permits. The garage in Newark is set up with the guillotine and Pinner for picture framing and storage. I use Acrylic on canvas or board and vary the way I apply the paint, depending on the size and idea I have in mind. I live with the finished painting for a while, start something new, and then go back and review, sometimes just adding a bit and other times radically altering the painting. Happy accidents often create my best work.

I have MS and find painting a brilliant way to improve my lot in life. I have always wanted to paint, and ironically my disability has given me the excuse to be more selfish with my time, enabling my creativity. I am recovering from a broken shoulder! So am using the time to reorganise, many thanks to Andrew for being so patient and his 5 star nursing. Hopefully painting will resume again soon...