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Sara Gilbert

Sara Gilbert Sara Gilbert, painter and print-maker

I completed an honours degree in Fine Art as a mature student at Plymouth College of Art & Design (PCAD) in 2007.

My work is often described as “energetic and dynamic”. Inspiration comes from my love of the natural landscape and the history of the South Devon coastline. I am influenced by the geomorphology of the land and my approach is often intuitive and spontaneous. In my sea paintings I try to capture the ‘essence’ of a place in time through observation, quick sketches and photography. My paintings embody a ‘freeze-frame’ of natural phenomena and are an emotional response to my surroundings.

To enable me to capture fluidity and movement in my work I usually paint with water-based acrylics or thinned oils. The stretched canvas is often placed on the floor so that I can approach it from all four sides.

The process of painting is important to me. The qualities of the paint itself are explored as are the accidental marks and splashes that become part of the painting. There is a gestural approach in my work that lends itself well to mark making on a large scale. Large gestures with big brushes or small flicking gestures or simply letting the paint drip combine to capture the energy or flow of a place.

I am now looking to expand my experience and use my existing skills in this field with a particular interest in abstract painting. Recently I have been focusing on building up my professional practice as a freelance artist where I work from my studio at Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr. Newton Abbot.

I studied the craft of printmaking at Dartington Printmakers in 2011 and I now teach linocut, drypoint, collagraph and monoprints in my studio at Seale Hayne. For details of classes please contact me.

My work continues to be shown at:

Hannah's at Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot, Devon.

Moorside Furniture, Unit 8, Brent Mill Industrial Estate, South Brent, Devon, TQ10 9YT

The Gallery Project, Avon Mill Garden Centre, Loddiswell, Devon.

Gallery@500 Feet, Lynton, North Devon.

Hope Cove gallery, Hope Cove, Salcombe

Previous exhibitions:


April 1st to 14th - "Surfacing" - Collaborative work with Sara Evans at the Chapel Gallery, Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot, TQ12 6NQ.

May 25th to 27th - Harbertonford Open Studios, Harbertonford, Totnes, Devon.

August 12th to September 2nd - Solo exhibition The Flavel, Flavel Place, Dartmouth.

August 28th - RNLI Art Fair, Newton Ferrers, Plymouth, Devon

November 14th - Christmas Craft Fayre, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot

December 8th - Handmade Christmas Craft Fayre, Harbertonford, Totnes, Devon


January 7th - At Align Chiropractic, 39, Devon Square, Newton Abbot. Please see My Events for more information.

February 11th to 19th - "Formations in Nature" exhibition at Harbour House gallery, Kingsbridge, Devon. Please see My Events for more information.

April - Six Days of Art – Teign Artists Arts Trail

September - Devon Open Studios at Hannah’s @ Seale Hayne

October - Arts Trail with South Hams Arts Forum (SHAF)


May - Harbertonford Open Studios, Harbertonford, Devon.


April - Southwesterly Gallery, Dartmouth (closed June 2011)
May - Gallery @ 500 Feet, Lynton, North Devon
June - Ilsington Sustainability Festival, Ilsington, nr Newton Abbot
July - Dittisham Arts Festival, Dittisham
September - Devon Open Studios - Chelston Gallery, Chelston, Torquay
December - "Off The Peg" at Dartington Printmakers, Dartington.


February to April, Tangerine Tree Café, Totnes
May - Harbertonford Open Studios
October to November, "Uncharted Waters", Chelston Gallery, Torquay


April 1st – August 1st - 69 Collective, High Street, Totnes
Easter - Birdwood House Gallery, Totnes
July to September, Tangerine Tree Café, Totnes


April - Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth
June - Graduation Show PCAD
September - Open Studios event at Hazelwood House, Loddiswell
October - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth

2006 - Mountbatten Watersports Centre, Plymouth
The Theatre Royal, Plymouth

2005 - Viewpoint Gallery, Plymouth

Contact:- Email or telephone 01364 72854

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Telephone: 07814 544 059

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My News

Now showing at Coves Quay Gallery, Salcombe / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2013-05-06T00:00:00Z">Mon 06 May 2013</span>Now showing at Coves Quay Gallery, Salcombe / Mon 06 May 2013

I'm really pleased to announce that some of my larger work, including "Flow" and the "Storm" sea tryptich, can now be seen at Greg Ramsden's Coves Quay Gallery, 6 Coves Quay, Thorning Street, Salcombe, Devon, TQ8 8DW. Te...

Surfacing / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2013-03-14T00:00:00Z">Thu 14 Mar 2013</span>Surfacing / Thu 14 Mar 2013

Sara Gilbert and Sara Evans will be "Surfacing" between 1st and 14th April with their latest exhibition of abstract work at the Chapel Gallery at Seale Hayne near Newton Abbot. Both are resident artists at the site whic...

Wave Energy / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2013-03-14T00:00:00Z">Thu 14 Mar 2013</span>Wave Energy / Thu 14 Mar 2013

From August 12th to the 31st 2013 I will be showing an exhibition of my latest sea paintings at the Flavel Arts Centre in Dartmouth. These are not just any sea paintings - but sea with attitude! Don't expect calm azure...

My Events

Harbertonford Christmas Craft Fair 2015 / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2015-12-06T00:00:00Z">Sun 06 Dec 2015</span>Harbertonford Christmas Craft Fair 2015 / Sun 06 Dec 2015

The annual Christmas Fair at Harbertonford Village Hall on Sunday December 6th. Graham and I always look forward to taking part in this fair as it gives us a chance to meet all our friends from the village now that we're...

South Hams Arts Forum Arts Trail / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2015-10-21T00:00:00Z">Wed 21</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2015-10-25T00:00:00Z">Sun 25 Oct 2015</span> <span>(5 days)</span>South Hams Arts Forum Arts Trail / Wed 21 to Sun 25 Oct 2015 (5 days)

I'm taking part in the Arts Trail this year with Colin Ross (furniture maker), Thea Henderson (pottery), and Graham Gilbert (photographer and picture framer). We have a great venue in the showroom cum gallery above Colin...

Printmaking Workshops - Print your own Christmas Cards / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2014-11-08T00:00:00Z">Sat 08 Nov</span> to <span  itemprop="endDate" content="2014-12-13T00:00:00Z">Sat 13 Dec 2014</span> <span>(1 month)</span>Printmaking Workshops - Print your own Christmas Cards / Sat 08 Nov to Sat 13 Dec 2014 (1 month)

I'm offering four workshops where you can learn to make a hand-made Christmas card, gift bags, wrap and tags. You'll make a lino plate to take home, learn printing techniques and use a printing press all in my own st...