Sarah Luton

About the artist

Sarah Luton
Sarah Luton

Paint, Drawing


My landscapes are a celebration of the English countryside. I aim to portray my deep-felt love and respect of nature.

My portraits are all from life so I try capture my sitter through exploration of form and colour without a preconceived idea. The painting evolves through direct observation and this approach keeps the image fresh and alive.


Sarah Luton studied graphic design at Bath Academy of Art, including three months at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Luzern Switzerland. Whilst there, she filled many sketch books with drawings wherever she went, mainly of people, something she does to this day.

After graduating, she worked in advertising and in 1989 began working at weekends as a double-bass player and juggler. In 1990 she suffered from repetitive strain injury in both wrists, preventing her from working as a graphic artist. The year's break from work became the catalyst for her decision to go freelance as an artist/illustrator and musician.

Sarah has been a landscape artist for many years. Her work is a celebration of the English countryside, portraying the deep-felt love of nature which she has had since childhood, growing up in rural Berkshire. Working from life as much as possible, she is particularly interested in the weather and sometimes this becomes more dominant than the landscape itself.

In the past, many landscapes were in pastel or watercolour. Her present work is often in oil and she still continues to use watercolour.

Her portraits lead her on a different trail. She immerses herself in the sheer enjoyment of the the colour and form from intense observation. She does not set out with a method or preconceived idea of what she wants to achieve but lets the painting evolve as the mood takes her. As all the portraits are from life, this approach keeps the images fresh and alive.

Music is as important as her painting.  Once a member of the Newbury Symphony Orchestra and then a part of barn-dance band Sensible Shoes, she is a double-bass player in three bands; 'Tango Select', a four piece tango band consisting of accordion, guitar, fiddle and bass and 'Paris Moon', a duo with Jackie Doe on accordion playing French cafe music (Please see links) and Maidenhead Concert Band. She recently set up a new jazz trio called 'Jazzpidistra' with fellow artist Stephanir Gay. She also plays treble and baritone concertina and writes her own music.


Exhibition History

Oct 2018  Wooburn Arts Festival
Sept 2018  Cookham and Maidenhead Arts Trail (CAMAT)
Sept 2017  Cookham and Maidenhead Arts Trail (CAMAT)
Sept 2016  Cookham and Maidenhead Arts Trail (CAMAT)
Sept 2015  Cookham and Maidenhead Arts Trail (CAMAT)
March 2014  Studley Green Portrait Group Exhibition
Sept 2014  Cookham and Maidenhead Arts Trail (CAMAT)
March 2014  Studley Green Portrait Group Exhibition
Nov 2013  Trees Exhibition
Oct 2013  Trees Collection, solo exhibition
Oct 2011  Faces and Places, solo exhibition
May 2011  Cookham Festival Art Trail
May 2011  Art on the Street, Maidenhead
2010/11  Group Exhibition. Elizabeth House Gallery. Cookham
2008-2010  Bucks Open Studios
2007-2010  Wooburn Arts Festival
1999-2003  Wooburn Arts Festival
2002  Exhibition with 'the Chiltern Makers'. Henley Fire Station Gallery
1999-2002  Bucks Open Studios
1989-1997  Newbury Open Studios
1999  The Spink Competition, Newbury
1997  East Woodhay Gallery
1996   'Spirit of the Garden' Exhibition, Salisbury Musuem
1994  Solo Show. Borlase Gallery, Blewbury
1994  Laing Competition, Winchester
1992  Solo show. The Arts workshop, Newbury
1992  'Cats' Exhibition, Salisbury Museum
1992   Association of Illustrators Gallery, London
1991  Laing Competion Finals. Mall Galleries, London. Selected from southern region.
1991  Laing Competition, Winchester