Sara Sherwood is another artist I met in the old Spitalfields Market, whilst I was in London on my research trip.
In 2000, Sara got really ill, and used painting to help her recover as it keeps her calm and makes her feel peaceful. Before she fell ill, Sara had studied at art college and got a job in project management. She convinced her bosses to let her return to work on a part time basis after her illness, so that she could paint alongside the job. For 3 years she worked 4 days a week in project management, and 3 days at home painting. Now Sara paints full time. She prays while she paints, and sees her paintings as a spiritual journey and process. She believes that if you put your all into something you’ll get more out of it, so she puts her all into painting. Her paintings are inspired by religion and dance, and they’re breathtaking.
We found Sara in the old Spitalfields Market, but you can also find her work at Skylark Galleries in Oxo Tower Wharf. She’s really lovely and quite happy to talk about her work if you come across her in person.
Images belong to sarasherwood.co.uk