Sally Pudney is a landscape painter working in an expressive realistic style. Her paintings focus on the landscapes, rivers, coast and estuaries of East Anglia, and the ancient trackways of Southern England. She works mainly in acrylic on board, often with added oil pastel.

During her early teaching career in Norfolk she painted landscapes in watercolour, but Sally began to paint seriously in acrylic in 2005. Since then she has exhibited regularly in mixed exhibitions at the Haylett’s Gallery in Maldon since 2009, at the Geedon Gallery in Fingringhoe since 2013 and at other exhibitions in Essex and Suffolk.  Her work is also being exhibited now at the Buckenham Galleries in Southwold, in an ongoing exhibition, where her limited edition prints are also available. Her work has been short-listed for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. She participates regularly in Colchester and Tendring Open Studios in September each year.

“The focus of my interest in painting is light and colour. I love painting the huge East Anglian skies, the quiet lanes, the woodlands and the little boats around the estuaries of Essex and Suffolk. I try to capture the way light falls on the surface of water and mud, and the colours, shadows and movement of trees and fields against those vast skies.”

Sally has undertaken a number of painting projects in the last few years. 2016 saw the Twelve Months in and Essex Wood series, visiting and painting Hillhouse Wood just north of Colchester every month throughout the year. During 2017, the focus was the nature reserve at Fingringhoe Wick, on the Colne Estuary, resulting in twelve paintings of the varied habitat. Last year Sally’s project was Four Seasons on the Stour. Starting at Wrabness in January, she worked her way up river each month, finishing at Long Melford in December. As with other year-long projects, a small book has been published containing images of all these paintings. This year she is working on the coast of Suffolk and Essex in a project called On the Edge: The North Sea Project, painting at many seaside locations between Southwold and Southend. She also embarked last year on an occasional series called Landlines – paintings which show any feature which makes a line in the landscape.

Sally’s interest in walking long distance trails has resulted in two series of work, one featuring the Peddars Way in Norfolk, and another series of twelve paintings of The Ridgeway from Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire.

“I love to be outside in the natural world and I hope my paintings convey something of this life-enhancing pleasure to the viewer.”

Since 2012 Sally has organised (along with Graham Bell) annual Arts Festivals showing work by fourteen invited professional artists and makers each year. This year they are launching a new venture, the Anglian Arts Project. The first exhibition, featuring eight professional artists, will be at the Open Art Space in The Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe, in October 2019.

2005

Started painting in acrylic

2007/8

Exhibited with Colchester Art Society

2009/10/11

Haylett’s Gallery, Maldon: Summer Mixed Exhibition

2012

Finished teaching to concentrate on painting

Co-organised and exhibited at first Lexden Arts Festival

2013

Haylett’s Gallery, Maldon: Summer Mixed Exhibition

Geedon Gallery, Fingringhoe: Autumn Mixed Exhibition

2014

Short-listed for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Lexden Arts Festival

Haylett’s Gallery: Summer Mixed Exhibition

Participated in Colchester & Tendring Open Studios

Geedon Gallery: Autumn Mixed Exhibition

2015

Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe: Spring Opening Mixed Exhibition

Lexden Arts Festival

Haylett’s Gallery: Summer Mixed Exhibition

Participated in Colchester & Tendring Open Studios

2016

2016 Geedon Gallery: Spring Mixed Exhibition

Naze Tower Gallery: Solo Show

Haylett’s Gallery: Essex Women Artists

Colchester & Tendring Open Studios

2017

Geedon Gallery: Spring Mixed Exhibition

Lexden Arts Festival

Participating in Colchester and Tendring Open Studios

2018

All Saint’s Arts Festival, Maldon

Haylett’s Gallery

Colchester & Tendring Open Studios

Artspace, Woodbridge

Geedon Gallery

2019

Buckenham Galleries, Southwold (ongoing)

Haylett’s Gallery, Maldon ‘Summer Sensations’

Colchester & Tendring Open Studios

Geedon Gallery, Fingringhoe – Autumn mixed exhibition

Open Art Space, The Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe – Eight artists in an exhibition organised by the Anglian Arts Project.


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