Sarah Bell is a painter who lives and works from Balnarring on the Mornington Peninsula,Victoria. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Postgraduate Diploma of Education from Monash University. Bell has held three solo shows and participated in numerous group exhibitions. More recently, a finalist in the St. Kevin’s Art Award with the work ‘Solstice Vigil’.
My painting is framed by feelings of omnipotence in natural forces, atmospheric changes and poetic landscapes. Devoid of the human form, the pictures yearn for an arcadian time before the disruption of climate change. The work is largely an emotional response to the natural environment around where I live and paint, seeking to capture the atmosphere, light, shape and forms affected by the weather and seasons.
Working from observation and memory through chalk drawings and miniature oil studies, I build the surface in gradual layers, feeling into a ‘slow painting’ process using a limited palette. Tapping into the kinaesthetic process of painting, I still both myself and my focus to embody the landscape’s space and light as it unfolds in the painting. I want to provoke the viewer to dream and imagine, or be transported via the senses, into gentle feeling states.