I met Sarah Booth a talented Hitchin artist in February 2006. I was invited by another friend to a meeting with a small group of artists, soon after that we organised our first group exhibition. Sarah had exhibited many times before and her work was in galleries around the country, I loved the vibe that bounced between all of us in the group. We have had many exhibitions and joint ventures and drunk much gin since those early days, seeking inspiration and sharing ideas along the way. Sarah graduated from West Surrey College of Art and Design in 1990, with a BA Hons degree in Fine Art. She began to paint pomegrantes after an inspirational residence at the Cypriot Art College in Pafos. Her work is influenced through her travels, too, with pomegranates becoming great icons for her. Its a pleasure for me to have travelled with her to Turkey this year, where we both found inspirations and creativity in many things. We shared an amazing journey to Pamukkale and many boat trips around the pretty waterways at Dalyan. Visits to the market and photographing the locals was something I loved. The pomegrante grows in abundance in Turkey, so she felt right at home. A delightful roadside pomegranate farm we found, which had the cutest Pomegranate chair, and the most delicious pomegranate juice. We loved it best mixed half and half with fresh orange. As she sketched from the front of the boat, while we motored through the Dalyan waterways, past old shacks, tumbled down upturned boats, reeds and passing turtles, I photographed her and much more… in a country we have both grown to love.
This is Ilham, a pomegranate farmer and one of the kindest, funniest men we met in Turkey.
There are orchards packed full of pomegranates under the foothils of these mountains, on the road from Dalyan to Iztuzu beach.
Back home in Hitchin you can follow Sarah’s work via her business page, she regularly holds open studios and runs workshops and sells art cards at Humanitas a local shop, she is currently studying her M.A. in Art Therapy. Take a look at her in her studio and some of her paintings that feature pomegranates below.