“…And the pool was filled with water out of sunlight,
And the lotus rose, quietly, quietly,
The surface glittered out of heart of light…
…Go, go, go said the bird; human kind cannot bear very much reality”.T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets
Sally Parker, Artist & Author
Sally spent her childhood growing up in a small market town in Kent, within a short driving distance to the coast. During this time, Kent was still known as the ‘Garden of England’ with its orchards, rural landscape, hops and oast houses. Over the last half century the urbanization of this area of natural beauty has left her with lasting impressions which have weaved their way into her work. Working for an international perfumery house at the start of her working life nurtured her interest in flowers, particularly roses. Since 2010, when Sally was able to spend more time on her artistic work, she has tried to express awareness of losing our connection with nature. The benefits of our natural world are starting to be acknowledged.
Sally’s poetic paintings have been created by experiencing the beauty within nature and more recently, its healing qualities. Sally paints expressively, with an awareness to current environmental issues, philosophy and ancient myths of Mother Nature. During the creative process she strives to produce the essence of her meditations, which often reveal a sense of divine mystery. Sally takes photographs and paints watercolour sketches to capture inspiration during the seasons. Sally paints directly onto blank canvas or paper with paint, building up colour and form with brushstrokes and signature materials. Layering is essential to Sally’s work to capture the depth of her ideas but also to slowly reveal hidden colours when the conditions are right.
Sally had a vision to combine all the creative elements in to a book for everyone to appreciate her creative process and the context of her work. Recently published, the book, entitled ‘Four Noble Ladies of the River Garden‘, includes story-telling and poetry to complete the body of work.