Sarah Adams: ‘The Camel Estuary’

Although I have lived and worked in Padstow since 2006, this is the first series devoted entirely to the Camel Estuary, a subject close to my heart and right on the doorstep. Rounding Stepper Point into the comparative shelter of the estuary, the landscape softens and the atmosphere is quite different from that of the coast. The beach sand here is over 80% shell content, and low tide reveals glistening acres of it, bathing the dunes and hillsides in brilliant reflected light.  

This will be my seventh solo show at The Maas Gallery and will run from October 3rd – 19th.  The work is still available to view at my studio at the moment, so please do get in touch if you’d like to have a peep before it goes up to London.  Many visitors this year have been surprised to find a Camel Estuary series with so many caves …..
Rockpool Cave Panorama, oil on linen, 80 x 160 cm

                                                                                    Rockpool Cave Panorama, oil on linen, 80 x 160 cm

Anita Taylor: ‘Drawn’

If you get a chance to visit, Anita Taylor’s major solo show at the Customs House Gallery in South Shields has just opened, and will run until November 12th.

‘Anita Taylor makes figurative paintings and drawings that explore identity, emotion and narratives. For her, drawing is a fundamental discipline for creative development and it is used as a means to encounter and examine the world. DRAWN provides the opportunity to view the range of Anita Taylor’s drawing practice and includes work spanning the last two decades, from Seeing Something Else [1993] to her most recent works, the Witness series [2017].

These charcoal drawings have formed a continuous strand within her practice for over 30 years. Often using herself as the model, they are not self-portraits in the traditional sense, but use the figure as a vehicle for evoking complex and universal feelings; the viewer becomes complicit in each piece as it mirrors their own mood or preoccupations. The ink drawings explore more expansive themes of mythic narrative and support the development of her large-scale painting, for example, the tale of Tristan and Yseut in the A mon seul desir: Sight, Smell, Taste, Touch, Sound and Sixth Sense [2005-6] series.

This exhibition is presented in two parts; the ink drawings exhibited in the Upper Fusion Space whilst the main Gallery will present an extended series of monumental charcoal self-portrait drawings.’

December and January news

Our very best wishes and many thanks to everyone who has supported us and visited this year.  We would like to wish you all a very happy 2017.

We have new works on show by a number of gallery artists, including pastels by Lynn Golden, a new series by Michael Porter and number of small studies of Trevone and the Camel Estuary by Sarah Adams (below).

The gallery is open for the Christmas and New Year period, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11 – 1, and 2 – 4 (please note slightly earlier closing than other times of the year, because of the dark evenings).  We will be taking a break after Saturday 7th January, and plan to reopen in mid-Febraury, although as always, if you are visiting Cornwall and wish to visit us out, please do get in touch and we will arrange a viewing.

sarah Adams, Trevone: Flood tide, morning

Sarah Adams, ‘Trevone: flood tide, morning‘, oil on board


The season turns

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After an amazing Indian Summer, November brings a change of pace to Padstow, and to our opening hours.  We are now closed for the month, reopening on Thursday December 1st, just in time for the Padstow Festival.  If anyone would like to drop in before that please get in touch and we will arrange for you to visit.

Meanwhile a few pieces of Cornwall are on their way to London for my 6th solo show at The Maas Gallery, which runs from November 9th -19th, including the one on the right, ‘Chapel Porth Diagonal‘, oil on linen, 120 x 80 cm.


Work in progress

Sarah Adams, 'Betrothal Arch', oil on linen, 50 x 120 cm

Sarah Adams, ‘Betrothal Arch’, oil on linen, 50 x 120 cm

The studio is full of new work, some already completed, some still on the go, in the final few months before my next show at the Maas Gallery.  Some subjects are old favourites (Diggory’s and Newtrain) but I’ve also been exploring some particularly colourful arches and rock formations at Watergate Bay and Tregurrian.  The exhibition will run from November 9th – 18th, and a catalogue will be available online in mid-October.

New arrivals: works by Michael Porter

Michael Porter, Seaweed Series

Michael has just delivered a number of beautiful pieces from his Seashore and Seaweed series, including the three above (left to right: 03-12-15 (45 x 40 cm), 15-12-15, (43 x 40 cm), 28-11-15, (45 x 40 cm).  They were recently part of an installation at the Newlyn Art Gallery, and we are delighted to be able to exhibit them in Padstow this summer.


Anita Taylor, ‘Breeze’

Anita Taylor drawing

‘Breeze’, charcoal on paper, 120 x 89 cm   .

Anita Taylor is Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University and Director of the Jerwood Drawing Prize.  She is also one of my oldest friends, and the first person to agree to exhibit here, ten years ago.

We were at art school together, first in Cheltenham, and then the RCA, and her series of charcoal portrait heads began around that time.  They have formed a continuous strand running right through to her present day studio practise.  It’s great to have three of her most recent pieces here, first exhibited in Sydney, and now on show at the Padstow Studio.

Anita and her partner, Gary Sangster, have recently relocated to Trowbridge, Wiltshire, having found an extraordinary building to house Drawing Projects UK, an organisation dedicated to promoting drawing and contemporary art through educational programs and exhibitions.  For more information on this exciting new initiative, please visit


10 years on…

… and we are celebrating with a new website (hope you like it) and an anniversary show.  All the artists who have exhibited here so far are contributing new work, and an e-catalogue is available on request.

10 years on …. will run from March 17th – April 9th, Thursday – Saturday, 11 – 1 and 2 – 5.  We’ll be closed on Good Friday, but please contact us if you would like to visit outside of gallery hours.



10 years ago…

… I had just found a lovely building in Padstow, set about refurbishing the shop downstairs and started work in the second floor studio.  I had also invited various old friends to exhibit here, and there were pictures stacked up against freshly decorated walls, ready to hang.

An amazing decade has flown by.  I didn’t know anyone in the town before moving here, and people have been incredibly kind.  Life quickly took unexpected turns: taking up rowing with Padstow Gig Club, and being adopted by Fluke, my lovely lurcher.  Unexpected subject matter too, as, having painted coastal landscape for years, I started to explore the cliffs and bays of North Cornwall, and discovered the rock formations that have become the main focus of my work.

Now we are preparing to celebrate the last ten years and look forward to the next chapter.  I would like to thank everyone who has taken an interest in the gallery for their friendship and support so far.


Fluke, presiding over the studio for our original home page.

Fluke, presiding over the studio for our original home page.

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About the Gallery

The Padstow Studio is an artist-run space, opened in 2006 by the landscape painter Sarah Adams, whose studio occupies the second floor of the building. The gallery below exhibits Sarah’s own work and that of a circle of friends, artists who she has studied with, shown with or shared studio space with over the years.

The gallery exhibits a constantly changing selection of contemporary paintings, drawings, ceramics and works in bronze, and aims to give visitors the opportunity to engage with and follow the development of individuals who interest them.

Not everyone the gallery shows is based in Cornwall, and most of the group are also represented by well-established galleries elsewhere. For further information about individual artists, please click on their names, and follow the links to their own websites.

Purchasing from us

We accept most major credit and debit cards, cheques and BACS transfers.

Although the gallery is not part of a formal hire purchase scheme, we are always happy to discuss purchase by installments, should that be required. All works are safely stored at the gallery until the balance is paid.


Small and medium size works can generally be carried away at time of purchase. We are also happy to pack and send small pieces by Royal Mail Special Delivery at no extra charge.

Large and medium works can be delivered a specialist art carrier. We cover the cost of most deliveries within the UK mainland if the purchase price is over £1,000 (excluding some parts of Scotland).

James Campbell

James Campbell, 'Wind at sunset', jug

James Campbell, ‘Wind at sunset’, jug

James Campbell graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1964. His ceramic pieces have been widely exhibited, and he is represented in major public collections in the UK, Australia and Japan. ‘A pot decorated with a drawing is something of a paradox. They have different terms of reference and are in different languages, and bringing them together in a way that works is an exciting challenge. I try to make the form strong enough in its own right to hold the drawing, to be muscular and even dynamic. too much movement, however, would make it an incompatible partner, so there is a balance to be struck. The drawing must not overwhelm the shape, but at the same time it must have a content of its own and be more than decoration.’

Mark Cazalet

'Christmas Woods', chalk on paper, 67 x 102 cm

‘Christmas Woods’, chalk on paper, 67 x 102 cm

Mark Cazalet is based in London and Suffolk, and works in a wide range of media from painting, drawing and printmaking, to large-scale architectural and ecclesiastical projects in stained glass and other materials. He has also produced images for several limited edition books. His paintings often reflect his experience of the city in which he lives, from the parks, cemeteries and playing fields to the canals, gas installations and flyovers of West London. His pictures are evocative and personal responses to an urban landscape that becomes almost pastoral; a promised land of quiet havens and open spaces. In contrast, towering concrete and metal structures are rendered with a dynamic, cathedral-like elegance.

Kit Surrey

Kit Surrey, 'Rock Faces IV, Craig yr Creigwyr, St.David's Head, North Pembrokeshire', charcoal and pencil

Kit Surrey, ‘Rock Faces IV, Craig yr Creigwyr, St.David’s Head, North Pembrokeshire’, charcoal and pencil

Kit Surrey is an artist and freelance theatre designer, who has worked with many major theatre companies, including the RSC, Sheffield Crucible and Bristol Old Vic. His fine art practice explores significant landscapes through drawing, particularly in places he loves to walk or climb. He has been among the prize winners at the Society of Fine and Graphic Arts a number of times.

Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas, 'Apollo and Daphne V', pastel and pencil, 56 x 76 cm

Paul Thomas, ‘Apollo and Daphne V’, pastel and pencil, 56 x 76 cm

Paul Thomas currently divides his time between Australia and Europe, exhibiting and lecturing. The work he has been making reflects this cultural diversity in drawings and paintings that explore shared mythologies and narratives. Having recently finished a series of drawings that dealt with Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, he is now working with the diverse flora and fauna of Australia. He has also published several artist’s books.

Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas, 'Children playing around the tree', oil on board, 120 x 120 cm

Chris Thomas, ‘Children playing around the tree’, oil on board, 120 x 120 cm

Chris Thomas was one of only six finalists shortlisted for this year’s Columbia Threadneedle Prize, the most important national award for representational painting. He is a true painter’s painter, hugely respected by his peers. His home on the North Cornwall coast has dominated his work over the past 40 years, making paintings of his family, corners of the garden, surrounding fields, cliffs and the sea in all weathers and seasons, using a rigorous observational process.

Anita Taylor

Anita Taylor, 'Breeze', charcoal on paper, 120 x 89 cm

Anita Taylor, ‘Breeze’, charcoal on paper, 120 x 89 cm

Anita Taylor is an artist, educator and exhibition organiser, currently Dean of Bath School of Art & Design at Bath Spa University and Director of the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize.  Her work is figurative, and explores identity, emotion and narrative through tableaux and interactions which are at once highly theatrical, but also intimate and symbolic.  The recipient of many awards and prizes for painting and drawing, she has taken on increasingly demanding academic roles while still actively pursuing her own studio work.

Alison Pullen

Alison Pullen, 'The Master Bedroom at Prideaux Place', collage

Alison Pullen, ‘The Master Bedroom at Prideaux Place’, collage

Alison Pullen studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art, and has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad. Alison is particularly known for her collaged interiors, from contemporary domestic settings to public spaces and stately homes, and she completed a one year residency at Osterley Park House, which remains a favorite subject.

Michael Porter

Michael Porter, 'Beside the Path 01-07-14', acrylic and oil on paper, 43 x 39 cm

Michael Porter, ‘Beside the Path 01-07-14’, acrylic and oil on paper, 43 x 39 cm

Michael Porter is a landscape painter whose work concentrates primarily on fragments of earth beneath our feet. They often incorporate many layers of paint giving the impression of looking through and into undergrowth, highlighting various aspects of nature that are so often overlooked, the odd feather, a collection of stones or fallen leaves. There is a sense of discovery in the work, objects reveal themselves slowly as one scans the surface and gradually becomes aware of the literally painted objects concealed under layers of paint.

Philip Naylor

Phil Naylor, 'Stratamatic', etching, 56 x 76 cm

Phil Naylor, ‘Stratamatic’, etching, 56 x 76 cm

Philip Naylor is Senior Lecturer at University College Falmouth, Program Leader Foundation and Award Leader BA Drawing. He studied under Tim Mara as a postgraduate at Chelsea School of Art, and has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. He makes drawings and etchings about landscape, and is particularly drawn to edgelands, reconstructing the landscape with contour lines, geological references and artifacts. ‘I look for sparse areas with ambiguities of scale, places that raise questions about spatial perception and our relationship with open spaces, reclaimed and re-lost marginal land where struggles with nature take place, rocky and reluctant landscapes, eroded areas showing their underlying histories.’

Anne Howeson
Anne Howeson, 'Different Journeys', crayon, gouache, mixed media, 46 x 55 cm

Anne Howeson, ‘Different Journeys’, crayon, gouache, mixed media, 46 x 55 cm

Anne Howeson studied at St Martins School of Art and the RCA, and currently lectures at the RCA. Based in London, the main focus of her work is urban, weaving historical records and images and her own experience of the city into atmospheric drawings that bring past and present together. Anne is a Jerwood Drawing Prize winner, and has exhibited widely.

Lynn Golden

Lynn Golden, 'St Just Churchyard', pastel

Lynn Golden, ‘St Just Churchyard’, pastel

Lynn Golden trained at St Albans School of Art before moving to Cornwall in 1976, where the effects of light and weather on coastal landscape became the focus for her work. Particularly known for working in pastel, she makes many of her pieces on site. Still life pieces, and larger acrylic paintings are produced in the studio. More recently, Lynn has experimented with metal leaf, egg tempera and other media on board, extending her exploration of light, form and composition.

Mo Farquharson

Mo Farquharson, 'Street 4', bronze

Mo Farquharson, ‘Street 4’, bronze

Mo Farquharson is well known for her sculptures of people, animals and birds. Beautifully observed, they have a warmth that communicates the character of her subjects in an engaging and often playful way. Context is central to her work, particularly in the figurative series where, centered around a park bench or bus stop, the attitude and preoccupation of each individual is explored. The same sympathy and attention to detail is applied to Mo’s wildlife pieces, rendered in a style that is natural and spontaneous, but always carefully considered. She generally casts her work in bronze, in small editions (of generally no more than 7 pieces) using the lost wax process. 

Rosalind Eastman

'Rocks off Trevalga Cliffs', watercolour

‘Rocks off Trevalga Cliffs’, watercolour

Rosalind Eastman studied Fine Art at Reading University, and was awarded a David Murray Landscape Painting Scholarship from the Royal Academy in 1969. She met her husband, the painter Chris Thomas, when they were students at Reading, and they moved to North Cornwall a couple of years later.  Her paintings document the coastal landscape around her home, an environment she has come to know over the past 45 years.

Rachel Budd

Rachel Budd, 'Cool of the forest'

Rachel Budd, ‘Cool of the forest’, oil on canvas, 132 x 137 cm

Rachel Budd graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1986, and has won a number of awards, including the Henry Moore Prize at the London Group Show and the Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Fund.  She generally works in oil on canvas. ‘My work can be seen as a diary, depicting little snippets of colour and detail which come to rest in my head. Often I am unaware of their presence until I paint. Since moving to Cornwall a year ago, my focus (both detailed and broad) is daily renewed by my surroundings. I am inspired by windy skies, ever changing light on ever changing ochre and green hills, and where the sea meets the sky.’

Kim Bentley

'Snap Happy on Constantine', embroidery and fabric paint on silk taffeta, 16 x 21 cm

‘Snap Happy on Constantine’, embroidery and fabric paint on silk taffeta, 16 x 21 cm

Kim Bentley co-founded the design partnership Bentley & Spens, with Sally Spens, shortly after they graduated from Goldsmiths College. Their work is represented in the V & A Museum, and they have created fabrics for many other fashion and interiors collections, including Paul Smith and Liberty. Kim’s textile pieces are now inspired by people-watching on the beach, and combine embroidery and fabric paint on a silk taffeta base. Kim is based in Padstow, and often sits in the gallery, stitching away behind the desk.

Sue Beattie

'Fien, 96 years old', bronze, 10 cm

‘Fien, 96 years old’, bronze, 10 cm

Sue Beattie is based in Assen, in Holland. Working directly from the figure, her pieces are beautifully observed and sensitive studies, initially worked in wax then cast in bronze by a lost wax process. Sue often works within a group of sculptors, regularly sharing a model and studio space. This has been a very productive working atmosphere for her, and has led to an increasingly complex and ambitious use of the figure in her work.