When Sally is asked about her paintings she says: “I grew up studying art books about impressionist artists as Monet, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Bonnard and many others. My mother always had prints of their work framed on the walls of our home so I became familiar with the impressionist style of painting and color at an early age.”
Sally is still intrigued with the color and light of the impressionists but has added a new dimension to her art after completing her MFA in drawing and painting at East Carolina in May 2013.
Sally has kept her impressionistic style but it is now often enhanced with the addition of mixed media and sometimes becomes abstracted. She has been working on a “Tree Series” and calls the forest her “sanctuary.” As a child, Sally used to climb up into her favorite tree near their family’s mountain home and escape from the world and find solace in nature. “I learned at an early age to put my feelings and emotions in a painting to create an atmosphere of a particular time and place.”
Sally has been teaching figure drawing and painting survey at East Carolina and this fall has been teaching at painting and art appreciation at Craven Community College in New Bern.
Sally completed her BFA in Illustration and a Standard Teaching Credential K-12 from California State University, Long Beach, California and then studied at the University of Wales in Caerleon, Wales. She completed her Teaching practice at Caerleon Comprehensive School, and studied at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California.
Her work is in many collections including Wachovia Bank, Central Carolina Bank, Durham Regional Hospital, Duke University Medical Center, UNC Hospital, Alamance Regional Hospital, SAS Institute, Nations Bank, GTE, GlaxoSmithKline Inc., Tokyo American Club, Northern Telecom Japan, Inc., Nippon Telephone and Telegraph and other domestic and international private collections
Her work is available locally at City Art Gallery, Greenville and other North Carolina galleries as Carolina Creations, New Bern, Tyndall Galleries, Chapel Hill, Alamance Arts Council in Graham and Pea Island Gallery in Salvo, NC.