Discover and support Nottinghamshire artists & makers in these ‘virtual studios’ and by exploring the OSNotts website – if physical visits become possible these will be announced here and on our social media channels.

Sarah is planning an open studio event on 5-6 June, 11 to 7 (see below for more info).

Sarah Nesbitt (Heelis) - profileACRYLIC AND OIL PAINTING
Still Life, Floral and Land and Seascapes. I vary the way I paint depending on the scale and subject matter. I frame the paintings myself with my husband Andrew. I love colour and texture and exploring movement in my work.
1 The Park, Newark-on-Trent NG24 1SD
i: sarahheelisart
Tel: 07789 965352

I always loved Art class at school studied at A level and wanted to go to college. Life got in the way and I was married at 21, and moved to Canada for 5 years.  Back in Southwell in 1986 I opened an Interior design and Gift shop ‘Hillier’s’. 4 Children later and I developed MS, which strangely has given me the liberty to be more selfish with my time. Andrew and I run a holiday letting business in North Wales near Aberdaron on the Llyn Peninsula. I run the booking side, and Andrew does the lion’s share of the maintenance. With reduced mobility, around 5 years ago I started painting again. It gives me purpose, a great way to relax and improve at something, taking the focus off what I can no longer do. I have had 2 large exhibitions in Newark, and been very fortunate to sell quite a lot.

We make the frames ourselves in the garage. I am self-taught Artist, although I have many friends who are trained Artists who have all been very encouraging, and given me valuable tips along the way.


I do not have a studio but paint in situ, my surroundings: objects, the landscape or flowers. When in Newark I use the green room which occasionally transforms into a dining room, or the kitchen late at night when all are in bed.  In Wales I paint outside wherever the light or weather permits. The garage in Newark is set up with the guillotine and under-pinner for picture framing and storage.


I use Acrylic or Oils on canvas or board and vary the way I apply the paint, depending on the size and idea I have in mind. I live with the finished painting for a while, start something new, and then go back and review, sometimes just adding a bit and other times radically altering the painting. Happy accidents often create my best work. Still life, flowers, land and seascapes. I paint from fairly small sizes to quite large, increasing the size of brushes and strokes. I aim to add some story into the finished piece.

If you are interested in this work, please contact the artist directly through the links above.


Open Studio: 5-6 June, 11 – 7

  • It is the first house on the right as you enter The Park off London road.
  • Partial wheelchair access – please call ahead to discuss 07789 965352. The exhibition is on all on one level with a ramp but different surfaces.
  • No refreshments.

A glimpse of Sarah painting indoors … and outdoors:

Still Life setups:

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