Sally Sutton

sallysuttonSally Sutton was born in Culver City, California.  Her mother was an art teacher and her father an industrial arts teacher who built her first easel.  She was able at an early age to experience the freedom of creating and grew up with a love for the arts.  As a teenager she filled sketchbooks with drawings of people in waiting rooms, dry cleaners, ice skating rinks, and grocery stores.  She became so excited about Degas’ work that for a time, she drew and painted ballet dancers exclusively.

While on a visit to Japan, Sally was immediately drawn to the art and beauty of its time-honored culture.  She witnessed the demolition of beautiful old buildings and knew that it was a cultural imperative to capture and preserve these traces of traditional Japan in her paintings before they were lost forever.  She has been showing her work in Japan since 1987, including exhibitions in the Sumitomo Bank in Aoyama and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Recently, Sally has become inspired by the architecture of Europe and North Carolina.  As with her work in Japan, she has found houses, windows, doors, and entryways that have character and capture her imagination. “I strive to use my feelings and the colors from my brush to breathe life into these objects and show my “mind’s eye” to the world.”

This year, Sally was commissioned to execute 21 new watercolors for the Duke Birthing Center in Durham, NC.  Each of the garden scenes has been placed in a birthing room as a restful and meditative scene.

Artist’s Statement:

“I enjoy the challenge of capturing light and experimenting with richer and brighter color combination, contrasting them with deep shadows.  Much of my inspiration now comes from local landscapes in rural Chatham County where I live.

Gardens have always held a fascination for me.  As a child, my mother and I would spend hours tending the roses, daisies and blue hydrangeas in our backyard, and I had a recurring dream of wandering through an English-style garden with tall hedges and brilliant greens…I felt very much at home and have continued to paint that garden as it evolves and changes in different seasons and light.”