Drawing in Ireland
My paintings are generated from the heart
and meant to touch the heart.
As a life long creative, my work has won awards, been exhibited in many fine art galleries, and collected nationally and internationally. Prior to the world wide web and desktop publishing my paintings had the honor to be selected for book covers and illustrations in magazines, newspapers and greeting cards. Teaching painting drawing and design have added flavor to gallery exhibits and illustration work. I continue to offer private and small group art coaching.
I grew up very near the campus of U.C. Berkeley California during the revolution. As a child blooming during this period had a profound impact to inspire the heart to create. Drawing throughout childhood, I later studied art in Chile, earned a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. However the bulk of my education has come from Life itself: extensive travels on the outer and inner.
For several decades I have been aware of the healing power of art in its many forms. I've benefitted personally from this awareness and have tried to share this passion for the creative process with my students and patrons.
In his review of a solo gallery exhibit, following is an excerpt from Marc Awodey's critique:
While some artists seem to paint the same picture over and over again, perhaps trying to create a recognizable style, painter Sally Sweetland is aesthetically restless. Her exhibition of more than 30 oil-on-linen works at Stowe's West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park evidences a dazzling array of painterly approaches. The diversity of Sweetland's show, entitled "Patches of Sunlight and Hope," is at first a little jarring, but ultimately it reveals conceptual complexity, nods to art history and a full spectrum of beautifully composed hues. The cumulative effect of Sweetland's paintings is as rich as the natural world to which they frequently refer.
"Natural Beauty" Published in Seven Days, Burlington Vermont, by Mark Awodey