m1  I have been working on a new series using the above motif. Each painting is created in a vibrant different colour way. I see this as an ongoing series.  So far there are twenty but I have a sketch book filled 200 black and white line drawings exploring further possibilities so watch this space. They have all been created since I returned from Magdeburg in the autumn of 2015 so I have entitled the series M1, M2, M3 etc. So next time you’re stuck on the M5…think of me.



Henry Sandon MBE portrait unveiled

Henry Sandon final

Henry Sandon MBE by Sara Hayward MA(RCA) , oil on canvas, 60″ x 40″, Museum of Royal Worcester 

“I think it’s fabulous. It makes me look happy which is what I always am. I’m delighted with it,” said Henry, 29th August 2014. 

Visitors to the Museum of Royal Worcester can now see my portrait of Henry Sandon hanging upstairs near the twentieth century gallery. BBC Midlands Today recorded the occasion as the portrait was officially unveiled with plenty of style and ceremony by Cynthia Crawford MBE in the museum last Friday. Painted between March and June this year it is is the first to be completed of two portraits I started of Henry. I am hoping – if Henry is willing – to complete the second portrait of Henry holding a Royal Worcester pot- in the autumn, with a view to showing it elsewhere.

Henry is not only a great character but also an affable raconteur and it was wonderful to hear tales of his growing up in London and his career at Worcester Porcelain. Outside builders and cranes on Severn Street kept us entertained as did visitors to the museum coming into our temporary studio who were clearly very excited to have stumbled across their Antiques Road Show hero. Henry is a national treasure, giving generously of his time to charities and institutions; multi talented, larger than life, a gentleman to the core, he is joyous; I wanted to capture something of his great integrity and also sense of humour. A friend said to me, “Make sure you capture the twinkle in his eye!” and I hope I have. Notice the distinctive teapot tie and his laughter lines. My inspiration for the painting were paintings by Bonnard; inspired by his use of  heightened colour and vibrant mark making. 

My thanks go to to the museum for the commission; I hope it does Henry justice. Henry likes the portrait, his family like it, the museum like it and so far so do the visitors. I hope you like it too. Pop in and see it if you can! It’s a gem of a museum and well worth visiting.

Museum of Royal Worcester, Severn Street, Worcester Open Monday to Saturday, March to October 10am – 5pm November to February 10am – 4pm  

Cinquaine 2



tired weary

walking limping stumbling

moving on alone


Illustrated Lecture

winterbourne snow


when i began my residency at winterbourne last january the snow had fallen and shaped winterbourne into a visually softened silent spectacle different to all that was to follow in the ensuing months of growth. this painting sought to capture the quiet beauty of the changed landscape and was the view form my studio window.

margaret nettlefold


this painting of margaret nettlefold was created six months ago; she studied at birmingham school of art and was a founding member of edgbaston high school. she had eight children, six of whom survived. her uncle was joseph chamberlain.

well, with paint splatters all over the floor, my slippers, my socks even, my trousers splattered in blue paint,  i can honestly say my final paintings are expressive. don’t tell paul but the splatters reach as far as our precision mount cutter (i should have moved it, i know). it is risky taking risks when an exhibition looms large but i am convinced the risks are worth taking and layering is key to my new body of work. like scars it is truthful and important to leave behind and expose a little of the old stuff and not obliterate everything with the newest layer. let me know what you think of them when i add them to my blog.

exhibition poster

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Image:  Sara Hayward MA (RCA), Dipping Pond at Winterbourne, oil on board, 40 x 45cm



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