August 2014

Having moved this summer to the Norfolk Broads, my inspiration for painting is from exploring the river in a kayak, paddling along the riverbanks watching the dragonflies on the waterlilies and catching glimpses of the silvery flashes of the sun on the wind ripples in the water.

I'm using a variety of media including acrylic inks, gold and silver leaf and stitch on fine quality paper.



My studio is in a shared attic at Muspole Street Studios, off Duke Street in Norwich. Visitors are welcome to visit the studio to view this new work on paper together with the back catalogue of works on canvas as shown on this website, please use the Contact page on this website to arrange to call in.



Sandra on the River Ant

Studio at Muspole Street Studios, Norwich


Sandra has a Master's Degree in Art and Education from Norwich University of the Arts. She is a member of the Norwich 20 Group and the North Norfolk organisation of Visual Artists 'NOVA'

Latest Completed Work


"The Ghost of Ranworth Broad"
Sandra Rowney
Inks, silverleaf & thread

Image size: 75.5cm x 56cm (30" by 22")
Glazed, double mount and framed
Framed size: 92.5cm x 73cm

"Dawn on Ranworth Broad"..............Having moved this summer to the Norfolk Broads I have been gathering inspiration from the expeditions in my kayak. During July I paddled to Ranworth Broad, moored up and went ashore to climb the tower of Ranworth Church. It has a wonderful weather vane of Brother Pacificus designed by Sophie Dickens (click here to see further work by Sophie Dickens) whose design I've gilded (with permission) in a ghostly silver surrounded by the reeds and trees of the Broad in paint and stitch.

Ranworth Broad is said to be haunted by the ghost of a monk known as Brother Pacificus. The friendly monk appears at dawn in a small rowing boat crossing the Broad accompanied by his little dog standing in the bow. Brothers from nearby St. Benet's Abbey undertook the work to restore the rood screen at the church of St. Helens at Ranworth and the task was entrusted to Brother Pacificus. Early each morning the monk would row his boat from the Abbey along the river and across the Broad to St. Helen's to carry out his restoration duties, returning to the Abbey each evening by the same route.

One evening the monk returned to the Abbey to find that his fellow monks had been murdered, by the King's troops. Orders had been given by Henry VIII as part of his dissolution of the monasteries. Devastated by his loss the monk remained in the ruins of his beloved Abbey living the life of a hermit. Upon the death of Brother Pacificus local residents buried him in the churchyard of St. Helens, where he still returns to his work accompanied by his little dog.


Last website update 13th August 2014