Dusk and Dawn in The Solent

Sarah Butterfield's expressive paintings explore the changing quality of light and colour at dusk and dawn over The Solent, Hampshire. Butterfield takes the early ferry from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight to capture the colours just before the sun rises and at dusk she looks across Langstone Harbour towards Portsmouth and the gleaming lights of the city.

Inspired by Impressionist painters, Butterfield returns to the same locations throughout the year, attuning to the changing position of the sun, the quality of light and the beauty of a specific place. Butterfield’s paintings capture the full force colour and the ‘fireworks of the sky’.

About the Artist

Sarah Butterfield is an award-winning painter with a particular eye for capturing the expressive colour and quality of light in her works. Butterfield has exhibited her art at major London galleries, including The Royal College of Art, Agnew's, Cadogan Contemporary, Albemarle and Frost & Reed. Her work is enjoyed by international audiences, with exhibitions hosted in New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai to being found in public and private collections across Europe and America.

Landscape impressionist-style painting with yellow, orange, and pink skies with city skyline on the horizon.
Landscape impressionist-style painting with clear blue skies during sunrise with the city skyline on the horizon.
Landscape impressionist-style painting with neon pink, orange, and yellow skies dotted with textured clouds with the lights from the city skyline on the horizon.
Landscape impressionist-style painting with light and dark clouds stretched across the evening skyline with lights from the city dancing on the horizon.

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