Impressionist Painter of Light & Color
Sally O'Neill has been the recipient of numerous art awards. Southwest Art Magazine featured Sally as the editors' choice for "Artists to Watch" in 2016. Sally was also honored with the distinction of "signature member" in the prestigious American Impressionist Society.
Sally's plein air and studio paintings reflect her enthusiasm for life, her love of nature and appreciation of her subject matter. Her styles ranges from the realism of portraits, to impressionistic landscapes and still life. She studied painting with a number of prominent artists including Ruben Arizpe, Sr., Camillle Przewodek, Bill Ahrendt and Ovanes Berberian. Until his death in 2007, Sally also had a constant mentor and artistic ally in her father-in-law, watercolorist, Don O'Neill.
Selected Exhibitions, Events and Award
2018 awarded "Signature Member"in AIS
2018 AIS National Juried Exhibition, Fish Creek, WI
2017 SW Art Magazine - Award of Excellence
Sept. 2016, SW Art Magazine "Artist to Watch" feature
2014, Selected Artist, The Pearl Art Auction, Portland, OR
2014, Cannon Beach Plein Air - SW Art Award of Excellence
2013, PNW Plein Air - Best Montain Painting Award
2013, Black Butte Paint Out - National Forest Foundation Award
2013, Cannon Beach Plein Air - People's Choice Award
2013, Smith Rock Painting Competition - 1st Place Award
2012, Participating Artist, Plein Air & More, Cannon Beach
2010, Participating Artist, Plein-Air Festival, Cannon Beach
About the Artist
A native of Southern California, Sally was involved in the arts since early childhood - drawing, watercolor, mosaics and oil painting. She spent nearly three decades in Oregon, tucked away in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains before moving to the artistic community of Kayenta, Utah. All these places have played a role in influencing her art.
"Painting with oils is the perfect medium to express my artistic vision. As an admirer of the impressionists, I am obsessed with light, color and atmosphere. Through color temperature and values, I try to achieve the effects of light at various times of the day. Overall, I want my paintings to bring the viewer into a world they would love to be in, that of beauty and sun drenched days."
Sally loves the outdoors and is an ardent cyclist. She also enjoys tennis and racquetball.
Art Works Gallery
Member since 2010
Signature member since 2018