THE CAMEL ESTUARY
Powerful images of the Cornish coast are at the heart of an exhibition of new works by landscape painter Sarah Adams which has been two years in the making.
The Camel Estuary exhibition features stunning vistas from Stepper to Padstow and from Rock to Pentire – North Cornwall’s largest tidal inlet with its sloping dunes, sandy bays and pulsing tides framed by the dark shelter of caves or glimpsed beyond complex geological features.
Sarah, who studied at Falmouth School of Art in the 1980s, returned to Cornwall in 2006. Although she has lived and worked in Padstow since returning, this is the first series devoted entirely to the Camel Estuary, a subject close to her heart and right on her doorstep.
She says she has been inspired by the landscape on her daily walk on the beach with her dog.
“Rounding Stepper Point into the comparative shelter of the Camel Estuary, the landscape softens and the atmosphere is quite different from that of the coast. The beach sand here is over 80% shell content, and low tide reveals glistening acres of it, bathing the dunes and hillsides in brilliant reflected light.
“The sea mist that often shrouds the outlines of Stepper and Pentire is less apparent further upstream, and approaching the harbour, the caves are colourful with algae, untroubled by the turbulent waters of the coast,” she explains.
“The curve of Brea Hill dominates, towering over the dunes on either side. As with Stepper and Pentire, drawing it holds the challenge of portraiture, the features as familiar as the face of a friend.”
Rupert Maas, owner of the Maas Gallery in London where the exhibition is being held, says Sarah “explores the Camel Estuary with the wonder and curiosity of a child and examines it with the forensic attention of a geologist.”