Sarah de Mattos

OCA tutor and assessor Bryan Eccleshall looks the work of BA (Hons) Painting student Sarah de Mattos. He examines her sketchbooks and the way she uses materials as a way of exploring marks. Sarah relates her work to other artists, merging this research and her research into materials in one succinct document.

Sarah de Mattos, Drawing 1 – Bryan Eccleshall from Open College of the Arts on Vimeo.


  1. ADRIAN EATON 30 January 2017 at 9:14 am

    Congratulations Sarah on being featured in this way and also for producing an inspiration for other artists. There is genuine investigation and enquiry in your work and I am optimistic for the future of your studies. Well done

    1. Sarah de Mattos 30 January 2017 at 11:39 am

      Thank you so much Aidy …… I am quite overwhelmed to be included on this site. I had no idea that my work would be featured – What I find fascinating is listening to someone else describing my work – It is quite illuminating! Thank you again for your comments. Sarah

  2. anna goodchild 30 January 2017 at 11:55 am

    really inspiring work, Sarah. So much for any discipline to get its teeth into!

  3. Sarah de Mattos 30 January 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you very much Anna for your kind comments. It is much appreciated.
    Best wishes,

  4. Marcus 30 January 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Sarah, I think your sketchbook exploration and mark making techniques were quite inspirational. It reminded me of how liberating open interpretation can be when producing meaning and forms through the process. Keep going!

  5. Anne Dyke 31 January 2017 at 9:47 am

    Loving the dance between literal, exploratory and expressive; and the focus on one subject – which is helpful to me

  6. Jennifer 31 January 2017 at 11:34 am

    I’ve been following your blog, Sarah, so was aware of some of the ways you work but it was a treat, seeing it laid out in this way – and Bryan’s commentary’s the icing on the cake.

  7. Sarah Davis 31 January 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Really interesting to see how an idea and theme is progressed and really great sketch books – thanks for sharing

  8. Barbara Phelps 1 February 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Congratulations Sarah on a fascinating sketch book

  9. Sarah de Mattos 1 February 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Thank you so much everybody ….. I finished drawing 1 last year and had my work assessed in November. I am now studying Concepts in Practice (painting 2)

  10. Inger Weidema 2 February 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Wow – so inspiring also for us that study textiles. Thanks to Brian for sharing and Sarah for all the effort put into the work.

  11. kath 3 February 2017 at 4:46 am

    thanks this is inspiring to see all your explorations

  12. Sue 26 February 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Have just found the film of your wonderful sketchbook – I so envy its freshness, curiosity and your marks’ relationship to what you see and feel. I never imagined that this could be encompassed in the drawing 1 unit because I just haven’t understood what was I being asked to do…
    What an inspiration! Thank you… All good wishes for the future!
    Sue O


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