© 2015 by Sarah Hardy. 

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BIO

Born in Bahrain in 1967, Sarah is a British and Australian citizen with 28 years experience in Physiotherapy practice and, latterly, Acupuncture working in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, including at the Sydney Olympics. 

 

From September 1995 - July 1996 Sarah studied acting at the Oxford School of Drama, Woodstock, Oxford UK and worked professionally with the Royal Exchange Theatre Company in Manchester, Windsor and at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, in the West End of London in 1996-1997.

 

From December 2003 - June 2006, Sarah underwent a self-funded Professional Development Programme to broaden her business and professional skills. She subcontracted to an international private Management Consultancy Firm delivering business based solutions to enhance performance in the business environment. The structured use of body mechanics, ergonomics, voicework, acting and breathing techniques, communication and presentation skills were tailored to help maximise confidence and impact of clients. In parallel she completed 540 hours of associate business and consultancy training (self-funded) and worked with professional teams with specialisms in holistic strategy, coaching, neurobiology, talent development, therapy and counselling. 

 

Whilst working as a physiotherapist in Australia in 2001 Sarah was asked to illustrate a School Prayer Book for a primary school in England. The book has since sold over 40,000 copies and led to a further 3 commissions for three different series of larger paintings with the aim of enabling schools to introduce and explain a wide selection of key religious themes and events. 

 

While completing one of these commissions it became clear that there was nothing Sarah wanted more than to further her study of art and finally actively pursue the thing that she is most passionate about. Something her Headmistress had foretold back in her final year of school.

 

Researching online, the Florence Academy of Art captured her attention, haunting her thoughts and dreams. Selling 90% of all she owned, taking a leap of faith, Sarah travelled back to the Northern Hemisphere in 2014 to attend a 6 week workshop in a country she had always loved, in a city that resonated on every level, to see if the FAA would be a good fit. Day 1 - she was hooked.

 

Now in the Summer of 2018 after graduating at the FAA, Sarah is loving every minute of her new life and - like most student artists - realises a lifetime of learning now begins. 

Throughout her studies and working travels, regardless of geography or circumstance, her love affair with the Arts remained consistent. Like a moth to a flame, classical and contemporary realism have drawn her, nurturing a deep relationship with nature sustains her and a quest to find answers to the bigger questions stirs and motivates her toward higher learning.

AWARDS

2017:

FAA second year student prize - first time award for the person whose character, passion, high standards, work ethic, spirit and positive energy is inspiring for the environment of the school.

FAA Model's choice - Best drawing from the Intensive Drawing and Painting program (Iacopo portrait).