Sarah Halliday is an artist and designer based in Perthshire who has sold her paintings not only in the UK, but in Europe and the USA. With exhibitions in galleries acrossthe UK, as well as appearing in a book dedicated to cycling art., we thought it was about time would found out a bit more about her:

What three words would your best friend use to describe you?
Scatty / kind / honest

What’s on your iPod/playing in your car these days?
I have a really diverse taste in music so it can be any genre of music. Usually make up my own playlists.

Who’s your favourite James Bond actor?
Sean Connery

Your house is on fire, what one item do you save?
A painting that I did a few years back that features me, my husband and my dog Charlie.

Last meal on earth?
Cake

Dream dinner party guests?
Ricky Gervais

First thing you’d do if you won £1million?
Split it between my family

Quiet night in or big night out?
Quiet night in

City break or weekend in the country?
Weekend in the country

Early bird or night owl?
Early bird

Save it or spend it?
Save it

Couch potato or fitness fanatic?
Fitness fanatic when my dodgy knee isn’t playing up

Home or abroad?
Home

Early or late?
Probably late

Cats or dogs?
Dogs but I like cats too

Happiest memory?
Those hazy summer days when I was a child and the school holidays seemed to go on forever. (I grew up in the south of England)

And most embarrassing?
Squatting behind the back door of a McDonalds in France very early one morning, only for the cleaner to come out. All I could think of to say was ‘bonjour….!’

Biggest regret?
I don’t have regrets. Tend to use things as learning experiences and I always think ‘at least I had a go….!’

What are you proudest of?
When I do a really good painting or design and everything works.

Who do you admire most?
Any one whose not been afraid to have a go. Failing is in the not trying.

And who do you detest?
People who are just horrible, seek conflict and actively try and screw you over.

Who would you like to thank?
My husband for putting up with me

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Hard work pays dividends

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do?
130km cyclesportif on no breakfast in 45 degree heat over 3 mountains in South of France. I ate 14 oranges and a bag of dried apricots along the way. I weaved my way up the last mountain in leg and arm warmers – it was an early start and cold first thing. I feared if I stopped I may not get going again. When I got to the top of the last mountain, I thought ‘oh dear, this could be messy’, as my stomach churned over on all the fruit I had consumed. Fortunately it came up rather than down and was sick all the way down the mountain. To this day I am not quite sure how managed to get to the end!

Hardest thing you’ve had to give up?
I don’t have any really bad unhealthy habits so have never really had to give anything up.

Could you save someone’s life if they were dying in the street?
Yes, I’d dial 999

What keeps you awake at night?
My dog jumping on the bed.

And your biggest critic?
Myself

Mobile phone ringtone?
Dancing in the dark – Bruce Springsteen

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