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Sally I an artist who enjoys her weekends observing and researching our native wildlife, discovering a diversity of colour, texture and character. She then combines her eye for detail with her artistic talent to recreate these discoveries on canvas.
In 15 years as a scientific illustrator of publications and promotional material for the Queensland Museum, Sally explored the structure and texture of nature’s creatures in her work. Since leaving the Museum, she has painted murals at Taronga Park Zoo Reptile House and organised annual “All Natural Art” Exhibitions at Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens.
With unerring skill, Sally captures wildlife images and melds them in a way that brings viewers very much into her scenes. A love of unique flora and fauna is reflected in the detail so painstakingly built, layer upon layer. Nature has, if anything been improved upon.
“I spend hours watching intended subjects in the natural habitat to capture a particular pose or gesture,” she says. She often observes from life at close quarters at Curriumbin Sanctuary to develop a theme. Compositional sketches follow, then the slow process of layering in detail, texture and mood. “There must always be an element of control so as not to lose the original concept as I paint. Works can take months for completion. Fortunately, inspiration is always there.”