Sarah Keer-Keer   Biography
As a child I spent family holidays with my face
pressed up to rock pools: watching the life
encapsulated there. I decided to become a
marine biologist. As a teenager, pushed by a
school with no passion for creativity, I worked
hard passing exam after exam, in order to fulfil
my ambition of a place to study marine biology.
Meanwhile, my school made it as difficult as
possible for me to study art as well as my science
subjects. Apparently, real scientists didn’t do art.
During my degree and I spent as much time as
possible at sea. My romantic ideas of the sea,
matured into a respect and fascination for the
power of the ocean and the people and vessels
that could survive it and work with it. I graduated
from rock pools to industrial-sized research
vessels, core sampling and hauling-in nets.
Ultimately, I moved away from marine biology as
I realised that almost no-one studied marine
creatures alive: they were hauled in, killed,
counted, and bottled. I moved to work at the
Roslin Insititute, Scotland and began my duel
adult career of scientist and artist 
The thing that most inspires me about Sarah K-K’s work is her lack of fear. Those brilliant
colour combinations are not the choice of someone filled with self-doubt. She gets on and
has a go, producing bold and striking images. I am particularly drawn to her landscapes,
her paring away of details, leaving just an arrangement of colourful, elemental,
abstractions.  Sarah Cumings
16 years later, in 2009, I spent a week painting at Port Seton harbour with a group of artists.
The working harbour captivated me: grimy vessels, stench of old nets. I was right back. I
worked sitting in front of the boats, men and nets, and worked quickly, trying to capture the
shape and feel of the place. I produced many sketches, and a series of paintings, which are
sold now. But the sketches I still have are as immediate to me as they were when I made