The kind of art that sparks the imagination. The kind of art that is the stuff of dreams. The kind of art that inspires boys and girls, and adults too. The kind of art that is whimsical, quirky and so unique you want to embrace it and make it yours. The kind of art that is so meticulous in detail that it fascinates and captivates. In short, celebrated artist, Sarah Hardy produces the kind of art that connects human hearts.
Imagine rabbits having high tea; or foxes turned Vegan; elephants not only flying, but flying a zeppelin balloon; a whale shark indulgence in a Victorian bathtub: and a snail, not with a house on its back, but an entire city! Now that’s original!
Even her company name, PopcornBlue conjures up images that delight the imagination, and Sarah just loves to produce illustration from high quality archival art prints, to greeting cards, children’s books and original artworks.
As a senior graphic designer from 2002 onwards, with a Diploma of Graphic Arts from 1994, Sarah is a seasoned professional with the requisite experience to hone her craft well and truly under her belt and has a strong artistic track record behind her. Shortlisted in 2012 for the Arc National Drawing Prize (Snail Civilisation), Sarah has also won the People’s Choice Awards and inaugural prize (Ethan Community Gallery) 2013, and was highly commended in the Illustrators Australian & NZ Awards (2015). She won the 1st Prize in the Fairfield Art4All show (2016). A range of Sarah's illustrations has been published globally by La La Land (2018).
She has illustrated the following popular children’s books:
• Robbie Robot to the Rescue - Sound Stories (Little Steps Publishing 2018)
• Anna Ants Antics - Sound Stories (Little Steps Publishing 2018)
• Birtie Bird and the Earth Worm - Sound Stories (Little Steps Publishing 2018)
• Bolton Boys Balloon Adventure - Sound Stories (Little Steps Publishing 2017)
• Hare ’n There (Trellech Publishing 2017)
• The Hokey Pokey (Scholastic Australia 2013 - now in its 3rd edition.)
• Barnowlby Bubbles (Little Steps Publishing 2010)
"The PopcornBlue mission is to spark imaginations to reveal stories that unfold before our eyes,” Sarah states “I am inspired by other talented artists, such as Graeme Base, Saun Tan, Mark Ryden, Jim Kay, just to name a few…and I never stop learning or being inspired myself. That’s the key to a passionate artistic life that matters.”
And we agree with her.