The estuary’s sloping dunes, sandy bays and pulsing tides are framed by the dark shelter of caves or glimpsed beyond complex geological features.
Although Adams has lived and worked in Padstow since 2006, this is the first series devoted entirely to the Camel Estuary, a subject close to her heart and right on her doorstep.
It will be her seventh solo show at the Maas Gallery and is the culmination of two years’ work.
With her characteristic fascination for rock formations, Adams details the vivid mauve and turquoise banding that crops up in various places around the estuary. It is most prominent in the rocks at Trebetherick where distinct stripes run diagonally across the cliffs and down to the shore. It is also a feature of Polzeath, enlivening a favourite arch and framing Newland and Pentire across the bay.
Gallery owner Rupert Maas said: “Sarah Adams explores the Camel Estuary with the wonder and curiosity of a child and examines it with the forensic attention of a geologist. She paints it with the lyricism of a poet, firmly rooted in this place, seeing so much more than we notice, fixing the fleeting for us.“
There will be 20 works in the exhibition: six large paintings in oil on linen and 14 smaller oil studies on board. All works will be for sale.