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New art studio = no more painting in the cow shed

I’m struggling to pronounce her surname, but I’ve got no trouble understanding why Scottish-based artist Sarah Spofforth McOuat is so popular.

Sarah specialises in large scale artwork, including canvases of the animals who live on her family’s 400 acre mixed beef and sheep farm in Dunblane. Here she is showing off two of her paintings in (where else?) a cow-shed:


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Sarah started from humble beginnings. In the early days she actually painted in the corner of the cow shed, but these days she has a studio on the farm she shares with her famer husband Tom and their two sons, Jamie and Archie.

“A year ago I painted in the spare room, on the cooker and when I was recreating a full size Highland Cow I used the kids trampoline! Now I’ve got a studio on the farm with the most amazing views across the fields.

“Sometimes I take art classes when the cows are out. I walk past the baby calf’s pen to get to the cabin and always say hello. They all just look at me funnily and keep chewing.”

Sarah is opening her studio to the public as part of the Forth Valley Open Studios initiative. For more information or to discuss a commission go to www.mcspoffart.com. Prices start from £130.

Rachel Jones

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