Despite a life-long engagement with drawing and painting, Sally's professional career focussed on public affairs at several public agencies. Largely self taught, she began her exploration of watercolour with Leonard Gerbrandt at the Ottawa School of Art and followed with workshops by several watercolourists, including American Charles Reid whose influence she gratefully acknowledges.
She paints exclusively in watercolour which encourages her to play--while accepting its risks. Watercolour is ideal for capturing the light on the human figure and face and the power of the artist's brushstrokes. She also has a (perhaps old-fashioned) love and respect for drawing for its discipline and evidence of the artist's hand. Her major influences are the watercolours of JMW Turner, John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer.