Sally Scott

South African fibre and landscape artist Sally Scott

Background

Born into a large pioneering family, I was raised by my artistic mother and adventurous airline pilot-farmer father, on a remote cattle ranch in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. It was during these formative years that I developed a passionate love for the African bush, and a keen interest in the indigenous people who inhabit it.

This was reinforced by a ten year period of living in Botswana, where I was fortunate to be able to explore much of the Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta.

My interests continue to be nurtured through numerous adventures into the wilderness areas of Southern Africa, and they find expression through all facets of my art.

Further to this, my experience of living through the Rhodesian Bush War (1968 -1980), was to leave an indelible mark that has deepened my appreciation for life and the frailties of the human condition. I explore many of these issues through the multiple layers of my work.

 

My work falls into three distinct, yet interconnected categories; Fibre Art, Landscape Painting and Teaching.

 

Fibre Art | VIEW GALLERY

 

I have been working as a fibre artist for over twenty years and have exhibited widely both in South Africa and internationally. I have won numerous awards and have work in private and corporate collections both here and abroad.

 

My work is known for being original and innovative, reflecting a strong African influence which gives it a warm and earthy character. Most of the works are abstract and intuitively created, using a wide variety of materials and 'found' objects.

 

I use a multitude of techniques to create universally symbolic baskets, bags, fish and wall hangings. A selection of these may be viewed in the Fibre Gallery.

 

 

Landscape Painting and Drawing | VIEW GALLERY

 

Landscape has always been a large part of my life. I have travelled extensively through the wilderness areas of Southern Africa, absorbing, recording and documenting all that I see via journals, photography and paintings.

 

The pastel paintings reflect my passion for the bush and my interest in light, atmosphere, vegetation and terrain. I aim through my works to recreate a sense of place. Rooted in realism, these paintings go beyond mere representation, in that they are imbued with atmosphere that gives the viewer the feeling of being transported into and beyond the depicted space.

 

The works that I have done over the past ten years largely reflect my travels through South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.

 

Sally on the road

 

To view works from my recent travels, please visit my Landscape Gallery.

 

Teaching | VIEW WORKSHOPS

 

 

I have taught art for over thirty years, at schools, universities and from my private studio.

I have a deep affection for my students, and derive much pleasure from helping beginners to get started and then nurturing their artistic growth.

I believe in the healing power of the creative process and offer workshops and drawing classes that foster and encourage the development of skills and the building of self esteem. All the classes are deeply therapeutic and dominated by an overriding sense of fun.

 

I currently teach:

 

Drawing classes for adults

Creative workshops for university students

Creative sewing workshops for women

Skills development workshops for communities