About Sarah Bell

“Sarah is a complete delight and her enthusiasm for watercolours is infectious.” Glyn Canney

“Thankyou , Sarah, for a wonderful couple of days. You made us feel at ease, and taught us so much in such a short time. The setting was lovely, and you even laid on some super weather. I can’t wait to come back for another course.” Pauline Tatchell


I am based in the tiny cathedral town of Truro in the heart of Cornwall, just twenty minutes drive from both the north and south coast, so when I’m not painting in my studio in an old warehouse by the river, you can often find me in quiet coves amongst the Cornish cliffs, sketching and painting, or just soaking up the silence….


I grew up in the moorland landscape of Northern England, the daughter of an artist. After attending attend Art school in London, I worked as ‘Artist in Residence’ to actor Kenneth Brannagh’s Renaissance Theatre Company. My next stop was Amsterdam where I lived for 9 years, working in a studio shared with illustrator friends, on a little 17th C island surrounded by canals. My work included privately commissioned paintings; advertising and publishing illustrations for major international companies; costume visualisation for film companies; and guest tutor work at the Royal Academy of Art, Fashion Department in Den Haag.

A creative spirit:

I have held solo shows of my paintings; appeared on TV and radio; written and illustrated the “Country Tales” column of Devon Life for 5 years and illustrated the award winning Radio 4 Archers Cookbook.


Anything vintage! Art ;(obviously!) reading; history; costume; reading; sewing; walking; yoga; craft; reading,  and of course…… painting!


A popular artist and demonstrator for art societies, I love “performing” and as a true people person, I have a passion for teaching and passing on my unique skills. I’d describe myself as having warm personality; good humour and artistic vintage style. My workshops are always great fun, and provide a supportive space for intensive learning. I firmly believe that anyone can be taught to draw and paint competently, given good tuition, patience and practise.                  The development of genius may take a little longer!

What they say:


“To have someone  teaching you, who you can see is passionate about painting, but who is also passionate about sharing this with other people: you couldn’t get a better teacher.” Michelle Flower

“Fabulous day Sarah, you always make things look so easy and explain things so well!”                                          Vida Bamforth

“Thankyou , Sarah, for a wonderful couple of days. You made us feel at ease, and taught     us   so much in such a short time. The setting was lovely, and you even laid on some super weather. I can’t wait to come back for another course.” Pauline Tatchell

“Sarah’s workshops are inspiring, relaxing and most of all great fun. The watercolours are as vibrant and lovely as Sarah herself who is a natural teacher to even the most nervous pupil. She makes it look so easy and breaks things down to simple shapes which gives you confidence to really have a go and produce your own individual pictures. I have been doing workshops for three years now and have met some lovely people to chat to over the delicious lunch. I can’t wait to get to the next workshop..”


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