Sarah Spencer paints the places, people and things with which she is most familiar. The coast where she has lived most of her life is a recurring source. She is drawn to the quality of ‘atmosphere’ in sky and landscape that is both visual and emotional. The artist aims less at capturing an impression of one moment, and more towards making a work corresponding in some respect to the intimate and intense qualities of well-known territory. She paints portraits and landscapes by commission, and is intrigued by the experience of responding to places or people which are dear to another, but as yet unknown or less-known to her.