Children grow up way, way too quickly. It is important that we cherish the memories of their childhood. At some point in every child's life they will be doing something so cute, so unique, and so perfect that you will want to capture it for eternity, for them, and future generations to see. I specialise in capturing that moment.
Biography: Sarah Rayner is a self-taught artist who specialises in photo realistic portraits in coloured pencil. She is a founder member of the UK Coloured Pencil Society. Sarah has been awarded the prestigious title of Artist of the Year (beginners category) by the Society for All Artists. Sarah has recently had her work featured in Sussex Life, and Paint magazine. She is also featured giving a demonstration of coloured pencil techniques in the May 2002 issue of Artist and illustrator. She manages to work almost full time hours as a professional artist, whilst also enjoying the benefits of being a stay at home mother. How does she do it? "I get up very very early, and Charlie spends a few hours a week at Nursery School!" "The minute I get a moment to myself...I'm there...at the drawing board. The ironing suffers, as my mother constantly reminds me, but I hope you'll agree it's worth it!" Sarah adores working in coloured pencil. "It is a medium which I immediately felt at home with". It also fits in well around motherhood because it is easy to pick up and stop at any point. No messy brushes or paints. Just a neat, tidy box of professional quality Berol Karisma coloured pencils. Working in coloured pencil is very meticulous and labour intensive. Layer upon layer of colour goes into each portrait...sometimes up to twenty layers to get just the right colour. Coloured pencils do not blend, and layering is the best way to achieve perfect colours. Because of this intensity, Sarah's paintings can take many hours to complete. Sarah is eternally grateful to her son for "rescuing her from a life of NHS Management", and to her husband, without whose endless patience and encouragement "I would not pick up a pencil in the morning".
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
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