Sarah (Skippy) Cooper
I’m Sarah, otherwise known as Skippy. I’m a 28-year-old London based artist with a part-time career as an oil painter.
Picking up my first brush at the age of 18 months, I have always had a strong passion for painting. I often think back to family holidays to Polzeath in Cornwall where I would sneak off to paint seascapes from the room at the top of the house.
I am primarily inspired by nature and how it makes me feel. In 2009, my love for the environment led me to a degree in Geography followed by a Masters in Environmental Monitoring. Since graduating, I have been working as a Catastrophe Risk Analyst in the City of London which I still enjoy to this day.
However, as I became more stressed with work and the daily commute, I found myself becoming lost in my artwork. I started spending an increasing amount of time at my easel and began to gift my paintings to friends and family. Their responses to the paintings provided me with the motivation to continue to pursue my artistic dreams. I was told that I needed to stop giving my art away for free, so I started to sell my paintings and I received my first official commission in early 2018 for a cherished family friend.
What do I do?
I paint primarily in oil to create original pieces, limited edition giclée prints and commissioned pieces. I most enjoy seascapes and landscapes but also love painting birds. I feel I am constantly in pursuit of recreating those memorable places in people’s lives. To me, there is no greater pleasure than evoking a feeling of relaxation, happiness and nostalgia through art.
Onward and upwards!
My artwork began as a hobby and I am now (finally!) confident enough to call myself an artist. Last year I completed my first Open House event, where over 150 people visited my house over two days to buy originals and limited edition prints. I am so thankful that I have such a fantastic art community right on my doorstep!
When I decided to join the Lloyd’s Art Group last year, I was pleasantly surprised at how very reassured I felt to know that there are artists who are also continuing to fit their artwork around a full time job in the City. It was an honour to take part in the Lloyd’s October Exhibit with so many people viewing my work and in such a prestigious building.
I have now registered as a sole trader and look forward to expanding my social media following. In 2020, I aim to complete two exhibits (in February and October) so please do come along! I would like to thank my family and friends for their support over the last few years and for buying so many paintings! I’d like to say a final and heartfelt THANK YOU to my boyfriend Chris who celebrates all my successes and talks through my frustrations and disappointments. You have helped in more ways than I could have ever imagined.
Hope to see you all at the Crystal Palace Artist Open House!