Working in London as an architectural draughtswoman during the 1980's has influenced the foundation of Sally's paintings. The use of geometry in the early stages of her composition complements the drawing skills which Sally has developed throughout her career. Working from sketches and photo-montages, Sally creates her paintings using a grid system.
Sally’s current body of work explores the idea of consciousness and space; the peace and calm that exists within, alongside the chaos that surrounds us. Her work is inspired by her experiences in meditation, and may be seen as a reflection of her life. Sally's consciousness is an important part of her painting process; just as a house can absorb emotions, Sally understands that her own thoughts become infused within the painting. She paints both large and small scale artworks in oil on canvas. Her love of pattern and texture is obvious in her expressive mark-making techniques, depicting the figure gently cradled within a sea of patterned fabric.
“At first glance, the figures look at rest and peaceful, but steadily the viewer becomes aware that the paintings are energetic, restless and animated. Sally uses the folds, shapes, intricate patterns and lively colour and brushwork to make the eye move around the canvas surface. There is a tension between the tenderness of the figure and the unease of the chaos created by the patterned surface.” Rob Moore, former Dean of Hull School of Art and Design, and co-owner of Hull’s Studio Eleven Gallery
Sally works from her studio in Scarborough’s Woodend and regularly shows her work at art fairs and in galleries around the UK. Visit her website at http://www.sallygatie.com or find her on Stand D3 at HIVE.