Cornwall Life - - THE DIARY -

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.”


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