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Monday, November 18th, 2013 at 3:22 pm
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Artist Inspired by the Countryside

Sally Fisher is, like so many artists, from a creative family. Her mother makes clothes and quilts. Also, like a number of artists,  she did not choose art as her first career.

‘I didn’t go to art college but I’ve always been interested in the countryside and the environment,’ she says.

In fact, Sally’s degrees from the universities of Nottingham and Norwich were in Environmental Studies. She came to Edinburgh four years ago for her job with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). She performed various roles during her six years with the Society but says, ‘I can’t imagine now being in an office from 9 until 5’.

When the job came to an end enterprising Sally decided to see if she could make a living as an artist. This was a daunting task but she set about it with verve.

After experimenting with various media she now prefers to work in oil but has also established a reputation as a print maker and sells her work at Stockbridge market as well as other outlets. She came across the Printmakers workshop in Edinburgh by chance and finds it a source of inspiration as well as a place to make her own prints to sell.

Annandale - Toby

When I looked at some of her original oil paintings I was most interested in her favoured subjects -cattle! The one we show here is ‘Annandale’, named after an Edinburgh Street where she once lived! At first I was surprised but then I realised these subjects were entirely in keeping with Sally’s love of the outdoors.

By using the internet Kick start facility she has attracted ‘investors’ from all over the world, especially the United States. These investors were given a picture as a reward for their investment. The project ended in September and Sally raised enough money to fund her forthcoming exhibition.

As well as painting, Sally is using her experience gained at RSPB in fund raising to do this on a freelance basis. Currently she is working with a charity based in Leith to give more confidence to multi-cultural children.

Sally’s exhibition will be at The White Space Gallery in Gayfield Square in Edinburgh from 7th to 14 December. Her website is www.salgallery.com

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