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Facebook Flash Sale Event

Thursday 1st October 1900 – 2100

As many of you are aware, all of my “in person” events have sadly been cancelled throughout the year due to Covid-19.

I had prepared stock for these events and unfortunately it is taking over my spare room at home 😊

So I have decided to have a one off Flash sale to make room for future designs.

Its a great opportunity to grab yourself something beautiful or even prepare for Christmas gifts.

Click here to access the event


Exhibition News

As a proud member of the Association of Animal Artists I am pleased to be taking part in their autumn exhibition at the Granary Gallery at Weston Park, Shifnal. There are so many talented artists work on display & available to purchase. It will be well worth a visit. The exhibition runs from 2nd to 29th October 2020.


Upcoming online arts festival

In January this year I was proudly accepted into the prestigious Patchings Arts Festival which is held yearly in Calverton, Nottinghamshire.

Sadly due to Covid 19 it has been postponed until July 2021. However they are hosting a virtual Festival starting on 9th July 2020 where you can still visit exhibitors including myself. Its free so pop online to see us all, get arts material offers & exclusive demonstrations.



I am happy to announce that I am taking part in this programme for 2020/2021. it is specifically for East Midlands based creatives and each year only 30 are accepted, with myself & 2 fellow Banks Mill Studios members Stevie Davies Contemporary Fused Glass & Louise West being successful. The programme offers business support, webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, a supportive community and business promotion via their social media channels. To find out more & see the web directory of fellow applicants click on the link https://www.creativeleics.co.uk/memberdirectory



For the past few weeks I have been creating a special commissioned artwork whilst working from home.

Late last year I was contacted by Captain Elliot of The Blues & Royals Regiment of The Household Cavalry. He is responsible for fundraising for their veterans charity & they sell official Christmas cards each year to raise funds. Historically they have always used a photograph, but after seeing my animal artworks he wanted to commission me to do a painting for the 2020 card.

The Blues & Royals are the 2nd Most senior regiment in the British army with previous members being Princes’s William & Harry. The Colonel is Princess Anne & the Colonel in Chief is the Queen. So you can imagine my excitement & what a “pinch myself” moment this commission was for Me!!

It may seem strange that I’m showcasing wintery equine artwork in the spring, but the reason for its design at this time of year is to prepare for it’s promotion in the The Household Cavalry Official Journal of 2020.

I’m so proud that my artwork is going to be printed onto thousands of Christmas Cards for 2020 & that all money raised from the sales will go to the worthy cause of supporting veterans. I’m also excited at the thought of whose mantle piece my cards may adorn later in the year!

I am currently preparing the painting for a run of limited edition mounted Giclee prints that will be for sale in the coming weeks. Plus the original artwork will be framed ready for sale too. A percentage of all sales will be donated to the veteran’s charity


Still open for business

It’s taken a few days to get my head together like most people due to all the changes happening in the world right now. But I’m still here & open for business.

THANK YOU to all of you who have continued to support me & my little business, it means a lot to me and helps keep things afloat during these really difficult times.

I realise that in the grand scheme of things, ordering artwork, a mug, a cushion & even a small coaster or greetings card isn’t high on anyone’s priority list – but we all need to add a little colour and lightness to these difficult days & also send still gifts to our loved ones.

I am operating as usual & assure you that I will keep creating commissions & shipping my products for as long as is safe and allowed.

Yesterday I moved my studio contents to my home to allow me to carry on painting & I have a variety of products ready to dispatch too.

I am still working as hard as ever, although like many of you, I am also juggling working with homeschooling my children – so please bear with me if you message me!

Posting products will obviously mean trips to the post office, which as you understand need to be kept to a minimum – therefore I will aim for 2 trips a week⁣.

Please keep watching me on Facebook and Instagram if you can – i will announce new creations when they happen & give you lots of gift ideas etc

Please stay safe, stay home and stay positive if you can. Together we can all look after each other and come out of the other side of this.⁣

After the rain….comes the rainbow!

Lots of Love,

Sarah xx


New painting workshop dates

I now have a list of acrylic painting workshops. Each workshop has only 4 places. Check out my online shop for more details & to book a place.


BBC Radio Derby

I was interviewed today during the Sally Pepper show. Listen to my segment below:


Limited Offer – A5 Mini portrait

Exciting news –

I have some space in May 2020 & have decided to offer the opportunity of a mini pet portrait on an A5 canvas board.

The board will then be mounted onto an A4 mountboard ready for you to pop into your own frame.

Pop over to my shop to secure your slot in my diary for only £99 !!

Limited spaces available!



So proud to be part of this project!! Empowering women & demonstrating girl power.

The project draws to a close on International women’s day & it will culminate in the 365 stories being published into a book.

Click here to read the article


Thursday 18th May 2023 to March/April
“Celebrate” Air Arts exhibition
University Hospitals of Derby and Burton

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th November 2023
5pm – 8pm, 10am-5pm
Banks Mill Open Studios
Banks Mill, 71, Bridge Street, Derby, DE1 3LB

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December 2023
10am – 4pm
The Derbyshire Makers Christmas Market
Peak Village, Rowsley, Derbyshire, DE4 2JE