Sara Downham Lotto
Wonwell Tides I
Wonwell Beach in south Devon has always been a favourite spot. Unspoilt and timeless, it sits at the mouth of the Erme estuary, 15 miles from its source in the mires of Dartmoor. The tides are dramatic, leaving in their wake stunning patterns in the sand, driftwood and brightly coloured plastic flotsam and jetsam. The light, like the land is in constant flux.
Wonwell Tides II
The light, like the land is in constant flux; Wonwell Tides I, II and III are, I hope, evocative of this magical place.
“I see her vibrancy, energy and rich, dark emotional tones, all surfacing through paint and mixed media. People who love Sara love her paintings, taking a little bit of her each time into their homes.” Helen Walker (Northumberland,)
Sara Downham Lotto
Sara's studio is perched high in the valley above the river Avon. Home and studio are full of examples of her paintings on paper and glass created over the last 20 years. In this time she has evolved her own unique style of mixed media collages, celebrating colour, surface and decorative abstract forms.
In the last few months Sara has made a conscious divergence from her earlier paintings on paper and started working on glass treated in the same way as the paper, building up layers of paint and varnish, scratching and scumbling. Instead of tearing or cutting, she deliberately breaks the glass, disassembles the shards and rearranges them into a new composition.
Sara trained as a painter at St Martins in London and Manchester Polytechnic. Having also gained an M.Phil in Art History at Glasgow University, she then went to Poland to paint for three years in the late 1980's on a British Council Post Graduate Scholarship. Her art lecturing has taken her to Art Colleges around the world and she currently runs art workshops in Devon schools.