Sahara Poette started painting in 2015 with a friend around a table in a Spanish farmhouse. Encouraged by her friend, an artist, Sahara painted a few more pieces. After that she didn’t paint much again, then her father passed away and she started painting again. Her heritage is Jamaican - a Londoner and was privileged to have a father who was learned and world wise. The books on the shelf ranged from Marcus Garvey to Dubois, Sex and Race, War and Peace. “We listened to a lot of Black Classical Music-Jazz and art was all around. My mother was an artist, Father a musician amongst other things. My daughter paints as does my brother. I am the late comer.” Her influences and subject matters are centred around iconography and the figurative appeal of the female form. She creates abstract, layered and textured, applying lines, dots, patterns and colours. Sahara loves colour. “I will paint on anything from plates, to glass, whatever appeals to me, I will paint on it.” Her first work was exhibited in the Auntie Freeze Art Fair at CAVE SW1 2019 and sold ‘She Follows’. Subsequently, Sahara had her first solo exhibition ‘She Walks with Nature’, in May 2021 and sold some pieces much to her delight. She enjoys painting a wide plethora of subjects especially figurative and as her artist repertoire of knowledge deepens, she has come to appreciate the art of before and the art of now. Sahara an emerging artist, is keen to continue developing her art to see where it takes her. As a yoga and well-being practitioner, finding the balance between her two worlds intertwines her love of people and to see equality and justice within the human race.
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