Sara Waymont

Sara Waymont is an ISAF Accredited War Artist (Afghanistan 2014) and former RAF Reservist. She has exhibited her work at the Mall Galleries in London, as well as in a solo exhibition at the Cow Byre Gallery in Hillingdon. Her war art collection is now permanently housed at the RAF Museum, Hendon. In 2014 Sara began to suffer from complications caused by Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS III) and Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS), which were previously undiagnosed. She left Reserve service at the end of 2014 and subsequently trained in trauma risk management with the Royal Marines Association (RMA). Sara now volunteers with the charity Veterans For Wildlife and works full-time as a Therapeutic Artist and yoga teacher. Sara’s personal artistic practice has evolved considerably in the last few years, from impressionist and portrait work to more abstract expressionism. She feels the impact of two chronic illnesses on her body and change in lifestyle has made her more reflective and open to the creative process. “Previously I was trying to create something that I felt ‘looked right’ or fitted in with what I believed others expected of me. But when I experienced a lot of chronic pain as a result of EDS and had less use of my hands things changed. It was difficult to come to terms with at first but working with people with dementia and those suffering from trauma I’ve come to realise that the best art is felt rather than seen. To quote Edward Hopper; ‘If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.’”