Sally Browne is a visual artist from Sydney, best known for her stylised paintings of Australian Flora and Fauna. Sally grew up in the UK where she trained as a textile designer before travelling extensively throughout South East Asia and finally settling in Sydney. She worked as an art director (graphic design) for 15 years before commencing her full time painting career in 2015.
Sally uses her past experience of creating imagery and typography in a pre-digital world to inform her painting style. Working mostly on watercolour paper at a large scale, she plays with the unique characteristics of gouache paint; switching between wet on wet watercolour techniques and opaque layering in the same painting. While her visual narratives of the natural World are inspired by Ornithology and Botanical artists of the past, they are more concerned with expressive lines, contemporary composition and mark making than accurate representation.
“My work is informed by the wild nature that flourishes in the unkempt gardens and streets of my inner city neighbourhood. I explore colour, composition and line to generate two dimensional narratives of my surroundings.
Our flora and fauna here in Sydney is exotic and unique, and for the moment, still thriving in pockets amongst the hum of the big city backdrop.
I draw and paint every day – studying nature provides me with a quiet escape from the pressures of urban life. My recent work is concerned with the tension between nature and development, and my intention is to capture the beauty and fragility of the everyday living things that are undervalued in our fast-paced World.”