Well-known Laggan artist Sally Wilson is having a new exhibition of her work.
Ms Wilson grew up in the Sutherland Shire and had an interest in art from a young age.
After school she went on to study Visual Merchandising, Screen Printing and Graphic Reproduction, and was awarded NSW Apprentice of the Year in her studies in 1993 and 1994.
She began exhibiting her early works in 2002 though it was not until 2008 that she began her career as a landscape artist.
She lives on a farm in Laggan, NSW, but she travels throughout Australia and this has inspired her to create works that “represent and reflect the changing seasons and moods of the country.”
“The sparse, often very soulful and lonely characteristics of the landscape are what interest me most and what I try to capture in every work,” she said.
“The connection between myself and the raw honesty of the land is what inspires me. Australia is a place of limitless and constantly changing horizons and it’s from this perspective I aim to elicit mood, drama and emotion.”
Ms Wilson’s paintings show a great respect for the landscape.
“The natural forms and lines and the infinite colour palate of the landscape,” she said.
“I am constantly striving to capture atmosphere and honesty, creating sensory fulfilling works, not just pretty pictures, whilst displaying the great respect I have for the landscape.
“I believe achieving this sensory fulfillment is fundamental to art.”
Ms Wilson has an exhibition opening this weekend at Ten Thousand Paces Gallery, Bowral. This came about because she had been showing her jewellery work at the gallery for some time with great success.
Hamish Ta-Me from the gallery said her jewellery work is unique.
“She travels Australia shooting the landscape then creates beads to match the colours of a specific photo. She sells a mini version of the image alongside the bracelet,” he said.
“Her work is totally rooted into the light and constant change of the Australian spaces. The paintings are semi abstracted yet identifiable and show her subjects in a way that is both brooding and engaging.”
She has held numerous solo exhibitions and won a number of awards. Her works are held in public and private collections both here and overseas.
The exhibition is entitled ‘Sally Wilson – New Work’ and it is on at Ten Thousand Paces Gallery, 302 Bong Bong St Bowral from September 16 to 29.
The exhibition opens at the gallery on Saturday, September 16 from 2 to 4pm.