The moment of dawn after a night of gentle rain - when the land sparkles with freshness as the sun rises with little globules shining water on every blade of grass or leaf. The moment when you catch your breath with an awareness of history as you take in a landscape...feeling the spaces in-between, the air, the warmth, the freshness, the story it holds....the irresistible need to dance with each day different from the last...That moment at dusk when day fades, sufusing the air with a different light...These are the sensations I need to record and convey.
Sally McLaren is a modernist in the nature of her active involvement and passive reception of the given world: not so much describing it as reporting and recording from within it. She is also modernist in another crucial way, which follows from the first. Her attention is not solely fixed on the actualities of nature; it is preoccupied by the reality of the print or the drawing or the painting itself. A work is not a picture of the world so much as an object in the world: an object that, like the music of which Stravinsky spoke, is the outcome of a conscious human act, an object that will bring both sensual and intellectual pleasure; a self sufficient object that will 'please us, divert us, delight us’ as much as the natural objects and energies that inspired its creation.
Sally McLaren is a landscape painter and printmaker living and working from her studio and surrounding countryside on the borders of Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset. These different counties provide a varied and similar but different landscape. Sally trained at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford, the Central School of Art, London and Atelier 17 in Paris and taught at Goldsmiths School of Art, London. She has exhibited worldwide in the UK and abroad and her work is held in many Museums and private collections throughout the world including the Victoria and Albert Museum , the New York Public Library , Cabo Frio Museum in Sao Paola Brazil, The Ashmolean Museum, the Scottish Arts Council, The Government Art Collection, The Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Sterling University Art Collection, Skopje Museum of Contemporary Art and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers and the Printmakers Council.