“I paint to get at the essence of my subject, to understand its mystery. I want to create the feeling one has, when light suddenly hits a surface and there is a moment of illumination. I wish to engage the viewer in this sense of mystery, these apparitions of light. ”
Born in Vancouver, Sally Clark has been painting in oils since she was twelve. She studied painting at the University of British Columbia with Toni Onley, finished her B.F.A. degree at York University and attended the New School of Art in Toronto. She lived in Toronto for thirty years. Her paintings were exhibited in several galleries during that time. 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 Federation of Canadian Artist (FCA) group shows, receiving four Honourable Mentions and 2nd Prize at the FCA POTE (Painting on the Edge) 2016 exhibition. One of her paintings was nominated as a Finalist for the Kingston Portrait Prize 2017. Sally Clark employs Old Masters techniques, painting in layers so that the colours are formed optically by the light passing through the layers.