Forest Dance 36in x 24in Oil On Line
Sally Clark, AFCA
"I paint to get at the essence of my subject, to understand its mystery."
Born in Vancouver, Sally Clark took many trips through British Columbia as a child and developed a deep love of the rugged Canadian landscape. She has been painting in oils since she was twelve. Sally studied painting at the University of British Columbia with Toni Onley and finished her B.F.A. degree at York University and the New School of Art in Toronto. She lived in Toronto for thirty years where her paintings were exhibited in several galleries. In addition to painting, Clark wrote several award-winning plays, which have been produced in Canada and the U.S.
Clark studied the techniques of the Old Masters and paints in layers, so the light passing through the layers forms her colours optically. The primary focus in Clark's paintings is the light. She loves capturing the quality of light; be it the soft, diffused light of the forests in B.C. or the sharp, piercing, acidic light of the Yukon.
The Granville Island Cultural Society, the Vancouver East Cultural Centre and the North Vancouver Arts Council have sponsored solo exhibitions of her paintings. Her work has been in many FCA group shows. Last year, her paintings received three Honourable Mentions and second prize in the FCA POTE (Painting on the Edge) exhibition at the Federation Gallery.