Sarah Dunton

Sarah Dunton’s work went down very well last Christmas, so we’re having her back!  Here she is talking about her work:

I am a painter, potter and plant grower – and maker of small objects. I always drew as a child, and went on to study fine art at Leeds University.

My influences and inspirations are manifold, ranging from medieval art with its sturdy practicality, glorious disregard for proportion and delight in decoration, to the 20th century painters Paul Klee and Marc Chagall, whose work is often dreamlike.

oblong bird dish

I learnt etching at Leeds, Morley College and Sir John Cass College in London and , much more recently, pottery at Swarthmore College.


My work is derived from memory of things observed – I try to create calm-inducing and/or tactile work, which usually includes portrayals of birds and plants and occasionally people in their own worlds.

2 responses to “Sarah Dunton”

  1. Can I ask a question. I am changing careers and going back to the art I stopped doing when I left school. I am wondering if it would be a good idea to go back to college to study illustration? Would you recommend? I am a little overwhelmed where to start and still don’t have a style of my own. I am working on illustrating my own stories.


    1. Hi Judi, what an exciting and no doubt daunting career change! It’s difficult to advise. Lots of people, myself included, have no formal training or qualifications in art based subjects yet make a career for themselves in the arts. Personally I’d love to “go back to school” if I had the funds and the time, but mostly settle for teaching myself from books and videos and the odd workshop. I think my main recommendation would be to keep learning, always, in whatever way you can, whether that be in a formal education setting, learning from YouTube or good old trial and error! If you plan to make a career from your art, make sure to surround yourself with people who do similar so you can share knowledge and experience. The craft community dies tend to be quite sharing and helpful, and there’s lots of online social media forums. Good luck !


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