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Art Exhibitions 2022
“Flower Power” Art Exhibition
Launch event 13 November 7pm- 10pm
To book a free place follow the link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sarah-horne-flower-power-art-exhibition-launch-tickets-462515655777
Sarah Horne Bio
Sarah Horne is an artist living and working in Royal Leamington Spa. Having failed her art O’level, she turned to floral art and is now a multi award winning self taught florist. Sarah competed with her botanical sculptures and amongst other awards she attained 3 Chelsea Flower Show gold medals for professional floristry. This is what led her to explore drawing.
In 2014 Sarah worked on a project to take Leamington Spa to ‘Chelsea’ when asked to produce drawings of her designs for the catalogue Sarah’s answer was ‘I can’t draw! The project manager’s reply… ‘ You’re so creative of course you can! The results were more of a surprise to Sarah than anyone.
Her medium was unforgiving one, through which texture is everything…fine liner ink pens . Her inspiration is of course botanicals. The drawings are very detailed and evocative of the victorian botanical drawings but with a contemporary twist.
An unexpected diagnosis for breast cancer in 2021 gave Sarah time to investigate watercolours and acrylics…. and another love affair began adding colour to the exciting textures…
“Having worked with the wondrous glory of botanicals for over 40 years. the love affair runs deep. I have grown to know their detail as second nature. their ephemeral beauty is both timeless and fleeting. The joy that they bring to us is incalculable and sometimes unfathomable. The idea of capturing just a fragment of this is irresistible. Initially I chose to see beyond the obvious appeal of colour, realising that hidden behind it was the often surreptitious element of texture. Fine line ink pens whilst unforgiving as a medium are the perfect vehicle to capture their hidden details.
I love to draw from life. my process is to sketch the composition, I rarely draw the composition that I see, I love to design it. the next step is to ink in the outlines. Then the magic begins… I begin to work the detail, nothing is more thrilling than seeing the first flower or leaf develop into full focus, then gradually see it all come to life.
With the watercolour process. I draw an initial sketch followed by an underpainting, then generally around six layers to bring each element into focus. with texture still to the fore, colour is an exciting progression and now acrylics offer such a forgiving medium that allows me to work on some large canvasses..the possibilities are endless”