Born in Cairo, Sally has travelled extensively. She has worked in Theatre, researched and co-written books, started a Publishing company, and founded, then for 20 years run, a highly successful gallery, The Wykeham Gallery in Hampshire. She has a love and good knowledge of gardens and design, her garden is open annually. A return to painting happened later in life and recently she has taken a studio in Project Workshops, a remarkable centre of creativity.
Sally is an artist working primarily in Oils, her subject mainly landscape. Visits to Wales, Cornwall or Devon are a great source of inspiration. Her varied career gives her insight into human nature through her unusually sharp and perceptive eye, her technique is deft and versatile. Most of her material originates through being in the landscape where she can respond to her surroundings, gathering ideas with sketches either in charcoal or oil, small or large, observe the light, space, glow, shadow, shapes and feeling of the land. Sally has a talent for catching an instant in an outside sketch, later forming this into a painting without loss of inspiration. A lot of time is spent researching and finding material for studio use.
The connection, interpretation and intensity that comes from being outside is crucial for any landscape painter. Thoughts come and go and have to be captured immediately, it is exciting and extremely challenging. Back in the studio those instant thought processes are reworked and interpreted without loosing spontaneity.
Perhaps her long experience of analysing and evaluating the work of others has helped to make her own approach a certain and confident one. She has a gentle but determined passion, a keen enthusiasm for her subject and her work. These qualities she can transmit to others, which makes her not just a painter, but also a sympathetic and effective teacher.
Sally also works in charcoal, watercolour, ink and monotype.
Private tuition and workshops are offered from her studio in Hampshire, please look at the Workshops & Tuition page.