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Sandra Orme is one of the North West’s leading pastel artists. Her studio is in the heart of the Peak District in Buxton, Derbyshire. Her work explores the ever changing sky and landscape that surrounds her studio in the Peak District and beyond. She is renowned for her ability to capture dramatic skies and a sense of place. 

She is inspired by the grand landscape tradition from JMW Turner to Alexander Nasmyth and applies contemporary pastel and charcoal methods to develop epic representational works that convey the terrible beauty of wild open spaces.  ‘Nothing can be beautiful that is not true’ wrote John Ruskin.  Sandra seeks to recreate the beauty of dramatic skies and moorland vistas. A beauty that is based on her perception of the truth of these moments in time and place. ​


She has a degree in Fine Art and many years experience as an art teacher and tutor. 

Sandra is writing a book on creating Pastel Skies for Search Press - due out 2023.



The Buxton Spa Prize


The Derbyshire Open Landscape award 


Best Visual Artist at the Buxton Festival Fringe

Member of Peak District Artisans 

Associate artist with Unison Colour Pastels



You can visit the Sandra Orme Sky Studio to browse and buy or to have a one-to-one bespoke pastel lesson.

Sandra Orme Sky Studio, 26 Rock Bank, Harpur Hill, Buxton. Derbyshire. SK179JF


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