As part of the New Forest National Park Authority’s “Behind the Scenes” campaign, we met up with one of our talented Inspired members, Sandra Binney, to find out about the work she does here in the New Forest.

Sandra is a New Forest based artist with a background in graphic design. After attending an arts foundation course at Bournemouth College, she was spurred on to take her talent and passions full time and set up her home-based studio.

Inspired by our remarkable national park and all the wonderful things within it, Sandra spends her days creating stunning paintings of animals, land and seascapes. She also experiments with silk scarves, linen cushions, mugs and greetings cards based on her beautiful paintings.

“There is so much inspiration to be found in the New Forest National Park. From the animals to the landscapes, I’m forever looking around and discovering new things. The scenery and its inhabitants are constantly changing with the seasons, and this plays a major part in inspiring my work. I try with each of my pieces to encourage the viewer to search for the story behind the painting.”

Sandra enjoys painting in a loose and expressive way, experimenting in a variety of mediums, and techniques including watercolour, acrylics, oils and collage. With a particular passion for animals, she spends time exploring the character and essence of her subjects and this results in some truly beautiful artwork.

Having been part of the New Forest Marque for over 10 years now, Sandra is one of our longest-standing members. When we launched the brand-new Inspired category in 2023, Sandra was one of the first to sign up and make the switch.

“It’s a great way to network and meet people, as well as providing opportunities to showcase and sell my pieces. I have the logo on my point of sale, which people often ask me about. If you’re a lone-trader like myself, I would absolutely recommend joining the New Forest Marque. I get a lot of value from it.”

Keep an eye out for Sandra at local markets, galleries and fairs – and visit her website for more information.