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Painting the South Downs

Sep 15, 2017 | Birchall Blog


At Birchall Tea it’s always fascinating to us how artists look to capture the same environments in different and alluring ways. The South Downs offer some of southern England’s best countryside and sea views, it is no surprise then that its green hills and chalk cliffs have inspired artists for centuries and continue to do so. Here we showcase two talented local artists who look to capture the south Downs in their own magical way.

The Gloaming ©SDuffield2015-min

‘The Gloaming’ ©SDuffield

Sarah Duffield

Sarah is a sussex based artists lucky enough to live in The South Downs National Park. Sarah studied fine art at Chichester University so has always been surrounded by the South Downs, its natural then they have influenced her work so heavily. Sarah works with oil paints on canvas and sells prints of her work via her website www.sduffieldart.co.uk

“I enjoy painting as a means of expressing feeling and I have developed my own way of seeing and a style particular to me. I use the term “Marmite art” to describe these works, you either love them or your hate them. 
My art is my way of responding to the environment around me. I am lucky to live in the “South Downs national Park” with views of the Downs from my home. I spend time walking and jogging along familiar tracks and am often surprised how the time of day or even the clouds in the sky can bring a landscape to life. I find the sweeping lines of the hills around me beautiful and the way sunlight fills the valleys or spills over the tops of hills and trees mesmerising.  
I try to capture the feeling of the time and the place, the emotion I felt when I experienced it. I do not paint photographs and I do not paint accurately; I move fields, add or remove trees and always, always ignore pylons.”


For all those who loved th is spot ©SDuffield2015ADJ-min

‘For all those who loved this spot’ ©SDuffield 2015


From Devils Dyke to Chanct onbury©SDuffield2014ADJ-min

‘From Devils Dyke to Chanctonbury’ ©Duffield 2014

Serena Sussex

Serena Sussex is an award-winning artist, notably winning Brighton Artist of the year in 2005.

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‘Autumn Walk’ Serena Sussex

“My Oil paintings have been inspired by the wonders of nature around East Sussex, Living in Brighton so near to the South Downs and walking the hills of the beautiful surroundings countryside, my paintings aim to portray a sense of tranquillity and an air of mystery showing the wonders of life, in this ever changing world.”

To View more art at Serena’s studio, www.serenasussex.com

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‘Paragliders at Devils Dyke’ Serena Sussex


‘Summer Woods’ Serena Sussex