Sarah Turpin

Sarah Turpin

Born in Folkestone, Kent and brought up in Thaxted, Sarah returned to Essex after many years in London. During a two year period back in the countryside that inspires her, Sarah exhibited and sold her artwork under the name 'Amber Caspian' at Blake End Gallery, near Braintree. This has since become her 'business' name.

Sarah has loved witches since early childhood, enchanted by the drawings and silhouettes of Arthur Rackham and Jan Pienkowski. Later she turned creatively to this subject, along with wizards and dragons, and began to paint them in watercolour.

Sarah now uses a variety of techniques to express herself, from print-making, paper-cut silhouettes and collage; figurative and shamanic animalistic paintings in oils, to drum bags made from vintage fabric and embroidery.

'I am inspired by folk stories and faery tales, dreams, nature, spirit, ancient landscapes and beautiful words, I write poems as part of my creative process. My travels across flame-coloured deserts in America, frozen lakes in Arctic Sweden and the wild islands of the Outer Hebrides also greatly influence my work.'