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Living and working in Gloucestershire, Sally’s approach to painting is influenced by early studies in earth sciences and a long career in textiles and the decorative arts as well as a year of intensive critique and mentoring at the Newlyn School of Art. She was Artist in residence at Cogges Manor, Witney, Oxfordshire in 2017 and could be seen regularly sketching in the grounds culminating in a solo show in 2017. In 2018 she exhibited widely at art fairs, open competitions and galleries as well as taking part in Sky Landscape Artist of the Year, giving artist demonstrations and talks. Her energy and passion for her work is infectious. She says of her work:
“I love to walk in wilder places, happily brave wilder weather, collect, contemplate and draw intuitively carrying a limited assortment of mixed and water media. Salient features may need accurate representation, but mostly I make marks that are less tangible and express atmosphere or emotion.
In the studio I paint in oil, experiment and use collage techniques to build layers, loose detail and create new interest. Work becomes ever more abstracted, evolving mysteriously by imagination and alchemy. Manipulating the surface textures reveals fascinating parallels with nature, erosion, decay, meteorological or tidal drama.
I seek to express something of natures exuberance and exquisite elegance leaving the viewer freedom for imagination and interpretation.
I experience pure pleasure and absolute absorption from the creative process.”
2019 FRESH art Fair, Cheltenham
2018 Cambridge Art Fair
2018 Cotswold Decorative Antique and Art Fair, Westonbirt
2018 Broadway Arts Festival Open Art Competition
2018 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2018 Symposium Talk “From Geology and Textiles to Expressive painting” Tremenheere Gallery, Cornwall
2017 AAF, Battersea
2016 The Mall Galleries Royal Society Marine Artists. Work selected for annual exhibition September - October.
2016 Cogges Manor Farm Artist in Residence for one year
2016 May Oxford Art Weeks Open Studio
2015 Newlyn School of Art "Collider" Group show PZ Gallery Penzance
2015 November Oxford Art Weeks Open studio
2015 August-September. Oxford Art Prize O3 Gallery Oxford (awarded)
2015 July-September. Chapel House Hotel Penzance. Newlyn School of Art. Group exhibition
2015 June Burford Festival. Group Exhibition
2005 Liberty's. The Arts and Crafts annual selling exhibition.
2000 -10 Businesses. Textile Gallery, French Grey of Burford, Ruby and Pearl Ltd
1991 to present. Living in The Cotswolds Freelance Designer-Maker
1980's Liberty of London. Retail Manager
1981 BSc(Hons) Geography The University of Nottingham
May 2016 Bridge Magazine Burford Front page painting and editorial
Nov 2015 BBC Radio Oxford interview
Mar.15 Daily Telegraph "it's never too late ......to be a painter " feature article