Sarah Reilly is a self-taught artist and illustrator who moved to the Suffolk Coast to enjoy its glorious countryside. Her favourite time of day is walking the dogs in a peaceful woodland which sparks the imagination and nurtures the soul.
Like most people she was working full time and dreaming of other possibilities. Whilst having very little spare time to paint, she always felt there was something special which she just hadn’t quite tapped into. But in January 2015 whilst experimenting with a little hare in watercolour on calico fabric, her style suddenly took on a vibrancy and enchanting feel she had been waiting for.
With a leap of faith, she booked her first country show and started to sell her work bringing characters to life that were an instant hit with customers who had such an emotional reaction to her heartwarming scenes. Thanks to all their wonderful support and growing social media fans, she hasn’t looked back since. She now produces greeting cards, prints and gifts of her designs which are also now available in select shops.
Sarah draws inspiration surrounded by the glorious British countryside and in 2016 she wrote a poem for one of her paintings “Hugging the Moon”, intended for a children’s room, this charming print became so popular that she wrote a poem for the other designs. Sarah doesn’t consider herself a poet but she paints from the heart and so writes from the heart. These poems were so well received that they are now beautifully printed on the reverse of all her greeting cards which customers feel are so special due to the intimacy and humour giving the reader something much more than just a card. Her cards have become remarkably popular ever since. All her prints now come with a copy of the poem too.
Her next project is to produce a book with all her paintings and poems to be enjoyed as a collection. She has many more characters coming to life so be sure to visit the site regularly and see new designs posted on Facebook at Love Country UK, along with her FREE monthly competition giveaways!
2016 was an exciting year as she produced her first Country Calendar which was very well received selling out in three months. She was also commissioned to illustrate a children’s book “One Fine Summers Night” published in 2016, celebrating our British Wildlife.
2017 is off to a great start with her painting “Tickly Kisses” being licensed by NEXT worldwide, so her hares are starting to hop into new areas!
She likes to attend Country Shows so please see the news page for information and stockists page for details of shop outlets. Sarah often demonstrates her painting at events and enjoys being able to interact with customers in person.
And so with a passion for creativity and a small country kitchen on the Suffolk Coast, the Love Country range is born and many hares, foxes, owls and various other feathered friends are just waiting to meet you! Sarah feels very blessed to spend her days with brush in hand, instantly transported to another place of imagination which feels very much like a home.
“Thank you for all your encouragement and support and for changing my life. I hope you are inspired and it will be lovely to meet you at an event one day” x