Sarah began her artistic studies at Falmouth School of Art and subsequently Cheltenham, obtaining an MA in Fine Art Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 1987. She travelled widely in Europe, America, South Africa and India, where she was attached briefly to the University of Mysore. Having spent periods of time painting in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, she made her home in Padstow in 2005.

In 2006 Sarah founded The Padstow Studio, from where she exhibits her own work and that of fellow artists. A landscape painter who is particularly drawn to coastal subjects such as rock formations and sea caves, she makes small observational studies on site, which form the basis for large studio works in oil on linen.

In 2009 she was awarded the Meynell Fenton Prize in London, and 'Viewers Choice' at the RWA Autumn Exhibition in Bristol.

The artist has exhibited widely in group and solo shows in London, and her work has also been shown in Exeter and the Channel Islands. 


Oil on linen, oil on paper, watercolour, mixed media on paper


2011: 'Atlantis', Maas Gallery/The Gallery in Cork Street, London

2018: 'The Camel Estuary', Maas Gallery, Clifford Street, London W1 (3-19 October)


Royal West of England Academy

RCA Society



Encyclopaedia of Drawing Techniques, Ian Simpson, 1987

Sarah Adams: Land and Sea, Monograph with text by Heather MacLennan, 2000

Sarah Adams (catalogue), The Maas Gallery, 2007

Sarah Adams, Bedruthan to Bryher, (catalogue), The Maas Gallery, 2009

Sarah Adams, Atlantis, (catalogue), The Maas Gallery, 2011

Cornwall Today (Oct 2018) 'Cave Woman' by Richard Burton