Poppy Sproul is an Equine and Pet Portrait Artist based in Cornwall. Her artwork aims to communicate both the spirit and sensitivity of the animal in a realistic format using the medium of acrylics.
About the Artist
Poppy devotes her spare time to walking coastlines, exploring woodlands and spending time with and gaining a deeper understanding of animals. “Time spent within natural spaces invariably slows the pace of the mind, diffuses the drive for instant outcomes and resculptures a perception of the society of which we live in. One is no longer a spectator, but is instead entwined in every movement and motion of nature as part of an intricate and continual system. I am ceaselessly in awe of animals, especially horses, by their spirit, majestic nature, and all that they continue to teach me”.
Photography as a medium also plays an important role in the process of producing the artistic outcomes by capturing and conveying a singular and fleeting moment in an instance. When in the studio, Poppy combines her passion for painting with the skills acquired from gaining a degree in Marine & Natural History Photography to create outcomes that portray close attention to detail using photographic references.
Additionally, the incorporation of sustainability within her practice, such as eco-friendly alternatives, is fundamental. “I believe it is wholly important to be aware of the environmental implications within practices such as photography and art; sustainable ways in which the natural environment can be captured should be fundamental to ensure other parts of nature are not being sacrificed in the process”.
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I studied graphic design for 4 years in the 1970’s and gained Associate Membership of the Society of Industrial Artists & Designers and of the Society of Typographical Designers. I went on to work in London for companies including IPC Magazines and Royle Print Ltd.