Sally's work consists solely of painting from direct observation, completed in natural conditions over a period of c. six to eight sittings. It is extremely important to her that she paints from life and builds a rapport with her sitters, capturing the changing light, mood and dynamism of the situation. She paints people both in her studio and in their homes. She tends to steer away from tying her paintings to a specific period in time. She enjoys a quiet, calm palette containing six colours, while her brushstrokes balance playful texture and restraint. Her paintings vary in size depending on the composition and context. She stretches her own linen supports and uses artist-quality oil paints.

 

More recently Sally has worked on commissions that have been based on life drawing, but incorporating a narrative that is beyond the natural world. In these paintings she often likes to play with the use of metal leaf and references paper, origami and toys. 

Sally has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in London and the Channel Islands including with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and at the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition. She was awarded the prestigious Heatherleys Portraiture Prize on graduating from the Portraiture Diploma in 2019. She has since completed commissions from private individuals, galleries and charities.


Born on the island of Guernsey in 1986 she has studios both in London and Guernsey, while also having family links with Hong Kong and Canada. In addition to being a painter,  she is a fine art conservator. Before focusing on full-time artistic practices, she worked in finance for ten years based in London, Hong Kong and South Africa.

 

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