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Fine artist Sally McLean loves beautiful things. Through pastels and acrylics, she captures the very essence of nature, especially seascapes, portraits and animals.
"The beauty of the world around me gives me pleasure from panoramic ocean views; pelicans gliding over the water; or the way light shines on rain drop covered leaves making them look as if they are covered in tiny crystals. This aside, I have had an affinity with animals for as long as I can remember and from a very young age it was my ambition to become a vet. Well I never became a vet, but I have married a love of animals with a passion for art by producing quality animal portraiture."
Sally developed a passion for working with pastels in her final year of high school. However, it wasn’t until 2005, some 25 years later that she decided to explore and nurture her artistic capability to develop it to its fullest potential.
After leaving school she channelled her creativity into her career as an engineering draftsperson and undertook a few classes at the Brisbane Institute of Art in the early 1980s.
In 2005, with her family now grown, Sally felt it was time to nurture and re-connect with her latent artistic spirit. Under the tutelage of distinguished artist Janet Ann Skinner, she honed her experience of working with oil, pastels and charcoal attending weekly classes for two years. Her oil painting skills were further enhanced by attending a workshop run by award winning artist Graham W Smith.
Sally continued to refine her skills through attending untutored life drawing classes and a painting group run by artist Jacqueline Hill. In 2008 she attended photography classes at the Brisbane College of Photography and Art and completed a Masterclass Portraiture workshop at Brisbane Artists Academe run by Archibald finalist Fu Hong. Sally has also participated in a two-day pastel seascape workshop run by artist Regina Hona and a one day watercolour workshop run by artist Pat Hall.
Some of Sally’s more recent work in acrylics was influenced by online classes developed by Artist De Gillet Cox.
Sally initially created a niche for herself by producing high quality pet portraits on commission and now has artworks in private collections all around Australia.
Whilst Sally loves the soft pastel medium, she is currently excited by acrylics and mixed media. Quote, “I just love colour, texture and gold leaf.” Sally McLean
Sally has enjoyed sharing her love of creating art by running art classes for the last 15 years.
Exhibition RDA 2005 2nd prize pastel for Whisper
Brookfield Art Show 2008 – Best Pastel for Noosa Pelicans
Brookfield Art Show 2008 – Highly Commended Pastel Early Morning Lake Cootharaba
Brookfield Art Show 2009 - Commended Pastel Gilded Quills
Archibald Entrant 2019
Brookfield Show 2006, 2008 and 2009,
The Royal Queensland Show (RNA) 2006
Graydon Gallery 2008.
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