Sally Sparling

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Biography
The sensuousness of creating reveals itself to me in the colors and the subjects that I chose to paint and sculpt. I have traveled to many countries and feel the freedom, wonder, and amazement of experiencing unfamiliar places and cultures and have recreated those feeling in my paintings. As I paint I can The sensuousness of creating reveals itself to me in the colors and the subjects that I chose to paint and sculpt. I have traveled to many countries and feel the freedom, wonder, and amazement of experiencing unfamiliar places and cultures and have recreated those feeling in my paintings. As I paint I can remember the smells, sounds, feelings of the colors and the distinctions that become commonplace in the familiar and heightened in the unfamiliar. I paint what catches my eye and what catches my heart.

I have been a gardener most of my life and see the magic of nature’s cycles and the beautiful shapes and colors in flower. When blown up the shapes and parts become something different, something to fall into and experience on a grand scale.

I sculpt as another way to play with the earth. I have concentrated on the figure as a way to explore the feelings and emotions of being human.

I have found the curves and lines and the angles the dimensions of the human body to remind me that life’s journey is not a straight line but many curves and angles not always easily followed and the end is not always seen.

My happiest moments have been creating. It has taken many forms over the years. I have created gardens, meals, companies, homes, weavings, sculptures, and paintings. I have studied weaving and sculpting and painting at Western Oregon State University, Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, Pacific Northwest College of Art.

When I studied weaving the world became color and texture; when I studied sculpture the world became multidimensional; drawing taught me value; and painting has taught me color, composition. For me, art is the never-ending quest to express what I see and feel about the world.

Art Association Napa Valley is supported, in part, by the Napa County Arts & Culture Commission.

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