Showcasing the Artwork of Sally Mae Joseph


Five years ago I fell in love with painting on canvas after doing a summer school, run by the wonderful Emily Ball, based at Cuckmere a beauty spot near where I live.

I have been exploring mark making with hands, rags, twigs, brushes, palette knives and other tools that I can push, pull, scratch, dap, rub out and add layer upon layer in acrylic paint to make an image that gives me the feel and essence of my subject.  I like to vary the scale of marks and sometimes introduce the rediculous .

My work usually has a colourful palette.  I have exhibited as part of local Artwave, the Last Minute Artists and the Sussex Art Collective. My solo exhibition ‘A Landscape of Love’ at the Crypt Gallery, Seaford in September 2019 in aid of Cancer Research and Dorothy House Hospice was an enormous success.

During the time December 2018 and September 2019 I took on two more creative challenges in the form of Linocuts and Ceramics.  It was a very busy year.  Next year 2020 I look forward to new ideas and mediums with painting and more exploration in my new found skills.

Well 2020 has so far given us all a big challenge. At the beginning of the year I went on a course with Emily Ball on oil paint and colour. I have never used oils before and quickly realised how different it is to using acrylics. After the four days I returned home not knowing if I would carry on with oils but having these beautiful tubes of paint I knew I wanted to use them. The result has so far been seven paintings on a Still Life subject, one of which I sold at an exhibition two days before lockdown.

Also, I am now making ceramics after starting a course last year with the lovely Mary Clarke, of Burwash pottery. Now I am exploring hand built jugs, each one is unique and takes a different form. The shape and form is the most exciting part of the process for me. I am learning about glazing as I go.