About Sheffield artist Sian Vernon (née Hughes)
I grew up in a tiny village on the outskirts of Sheffield, surrounded by farmland and wildlife, with the bleak mountain and moorland landscapes of the Derbyshire Peak District National Park right on my doorstep. With the support of a creative family, I have always loved art and been encouraged to draw and paint but at school felt pressured to choose between art and science. Having completed my Art Foundation at a time when traditional painting was not in vogue and feeling extremely discouraged, I eventually chose science and pursued a career in environmental studies. I graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Geography and then both volunteered for and was later employed by a practical environmental conservation charity. While I enjoyed the work, and learned lots of fun skills like dry stone walling, felling massive trees with a chainsaw, and how to organise a group of volunteers, the funding for the project I was employed to work on came to an end and I ended up in various other interesting but ultimately unfulfilling roles. I’m now combining my love of art and environment, creating paintings which celebrate the globally important and increasingly rare heather moorland landscapes of the UK.
I enjoy experimenting with various media including watercolour, gouache and ink, and my work is often a playful mix of textures and colours.
My work is held in private collections across the UK and in Europe, USA and Canada. Fans of my work include hikers, walkers, climbers and tree surgeons!