Sarah Parkin

Location: Holymoorside, Nr Chesterfield   /  Genre: Watercolour landscape painting Derbyshire

Artist Statement

Showing mainly watercolour landscape paintings of Derbyshire Dales.

Growing up in the flat lands of the West of England, I enjoyed drawing and painting. My degree is in textiles with an MA specialising in Printed Design. A love of nature, wildlife and getting out into the landscape, is a thread that runs through my life.

Moving to Derbyshire Dales in 1997, I began painting landscapes, forming a strong bond with the area; its soft rolling hills, quirky undulating land, dramatic cliff faces, surprise town vistas, tree-topped hills, and parks. Figures flit into the work, integrating into the environment. How we fit into the landscape is significant to me. A snowy scene has a strong appeal, the bones and structures are revealed. Singular or groups of trees, often form an integral part of the composition or subject matter, such as the Oker tree, Peak Tor or Minninglow. Using a variety of brushes for loose more sketchy marks along with pencil details. My work has been described by one art curator as ‘the artist to depict landscape that is the Derbyshire Dales’.

More recently, I enjoyed a project to celebrate Derbyshire trees. Seventy artworks were produced for Treasuring Trees exhibition at Buxton Museum & Art Gallery 2022. This included digitally layered drawings/ photographic prints as part of a ‘community tree treasure hunt’. What3words was used to help locate the trees and add to the artworks. Watercolour landscapes and more detailed pen & ink studies were made.

I am also working on hand coloured dry point etchings.

Originals, Fine art reproductions, cards and mugs are available, as are canvas prints (to order), these are all made in Derbyshire Dales.

Venue Information

Holymoorside Village Hall
Holymoor Road
Holymoorside, Nr Chesterfield
S42 7DX

A619 Chatsworth Road out of Chesterfield, left at the sign to Holymoorside, Holymoor Road, travel for 1/2 mile and Village Hall is on the left before the Bulls Head Pub. Village also accessed from Chesterfield-Matlock Road. Level access. Parking/refreshments.

This venue has full disabled access