Dimensions:1000 x 1000 mm
Brought up on a farm in the rural community of Kowhitirangi on the Westcoast of the South Island, Sarah Godfrey concentrates on colour, texture and mood through her paintings. Having previously spent time in the interior design industry, today Godfrey loves working outside on the farm which is a constant source of inspiration for her painting practice. Her paintings are often layered to give a sense of translucency to the landscapes and places she depicts.
When I first started thinking about painting for the Te Tai o Poutini Art Awards many people said that I should paint a well known landmark. I thought about it a long time and decided that it should be an area significant to me. This is a mountain which stands tall above my families farm. It is strong, colourful and it is a grounding experience to look up at it.
I remember walking out to the letterbox on the first day of the lockdown and experiencing the absolute quietness. The constant stream of cars had gone so suddenly. I could stand and enjoy the mountains without interruption. I was so lucky to be here on the West Coast. Over the following months my mountain paintings started to evolve with colour, greens, blues, pinks and reds. Previously, I had used a limited colour palette with mostly shades of blue and grey. The lockdown made me use what I had and I had a fresh appreciation for my surroundings.