Monday, 16 May 2022

Painter is going live at Countryfile show

ONE of the co-founders of the Henley Arts Trail is exhibiting her work at Blenheim Palace

ONE of the co-founders of the Henley Arts Trail is exhibiting her work at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock this weekend as part of the BBC’s Countryfile Live 2016 exhibition.

Sarah Pye has forged a successful career as a droplet painter since making it to the final of BBC2’s Show Me the Monet — which was variously billed as “ The Apprentice for artists” and “the art world’s version of The X Factor and Dragons’ Den.”

The Blenheim Palace show opened yesterday (Thursday) and runs until Sunday, with Sarah’s work on display in the art and photography marquee.

The artist, who is based in Sonning Common, said that if any of her work is sold at the show she will be donating 10 per cent to the Wildlife Trusts.

Sarah’s work interprets nature loosely and intuitively and reflects light and life. It goes beyond literal representation, using dropped, dribbled and splashed acrylics in a bold contemporary impressionist style.

“I hope to encourage your mind to explore a little further than the obvious view you initially see,” said Sarah.

“My work is completely inspired by the world around us — oh, and 15 years as a professional gardener — and therefore nature features in all my pieces in one form or another. I hope my paintings reflect all the amazing colours, spaces and environments you may encounter while out and about in the countryside.

“My new work depicts the wildflower meadows that we’ve all come to love so much as they encourage the natural population of wildlife, insects and flora to prosper.

“We are now encouraged to enjoy and protect these areas as best we can, so if any of my work is sold at the show, 10 per cent will be given to the Wildlife Trusts.”

Having shown her work at TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair at Hampton Court last year, Sarah is looking forward to encountering the art-loving public this weekend.

“I love to meet people and have the opportunity to chat about my work, how it’s created and why I love painting so much,” she said.

“When work is sold through galleries you don’t know who bought it or why, so exhibitions are a very personal way to connect with people who like your work.”

For full details of Countryfile Live 2016, visit

Sarah’s Pye’s art is online at

For details of the work done by the Wildlife Trusts, visit the charity’s website at

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