Sally Jenne Keefe

                            Sally Jenne Keefe

ARTIST STATEMENT

My choice of subject matter reflects my life as a native Vermonter, immersed in the landscape and surrounded by nature. I am intrigued by the structure and design of all living things.  Each species has a combination of lines, shapes, colors, textures and forms which make it unique to anything else in the universe.  As an artist, I work hard to develop drawings that speak  both to me and to others about the beauty that exists in nature.

Before I begin drawing, part of my process is to find an object that intrigues me for some reason; the structure, color, or how the sunlight bounces around and through the object highlight its texture and form.  Other objects are added to either  enhance or contrast with the first.  My goal with each drawing is to give it a sense of life and importance while emphasizing the little details that make it unique as well as beautiful.  Graphite and colored pencils are usually my medium of choice.  I like the control I have developed with them which allows me to capture and emphasize the details I love.

In my interior collection, I strive to tell a story or create a vignette that others can relate to by pairing the natural objects with antique furniture, old pottery, or other related objects.  Each object in the image has a connection, either in context or form.

I have always been a creative person and eager  to take on the challenge of creating something from scratch.   My collection of flowers and fish represents my love of gardening and floral arranging.  Working with flowers as my design medium has helped me realize how flowers are not only beautiful but often are tied to our memories and life's celebrations.

As a college graduate student, the nature lab at Rode Island School of Design was my favorite place to draw and learn about the structure of the objects I loved to work with.  My specimen studies collection is a direct reference to the discoveries made during that time.

The faerie and fantasy collection is based on my experiences as a child.  My days were spent wandering through the wooded area behind our house, picking wild flowers, gathering berries and climbing trees and rocks covered with moss and fungi.  It was a magical place where my imagination would run wild.  Drawing is a way to take those special images from my mind and put them down on paper.

My intention is to create an awareness of the beauty around us and give my viewers a quiet moment to observe, reflect and absorb that perception.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RESUME

Education:

Castleton State College, Castleton, VT     B.A.

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI     M.A.E.

Experience:

College of St. Joseph, Rutland, VT, Adjunct Professor, Studio Arts, Art History

Mount St. Joseph Academy, Rutland, VT, Grades 9-12, Studio Arts, Art History

Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT, Adjunct Professor, Studio Arts

Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, VT, Director of Educational Programing

 

Exhibitions:

Woods Gerry, Providence, RI, Group Exhibition

Peele Gallery, Danby, VT, Group Exhibition

Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, VT, Featured Artist, Group Exhibitions

Moon Brook Arts Union, Rutland VT, Featured Artist, Group Exhibitions

Castleton State College, Castleton, VT, Group Exhibition

Professional Credits:

Castleton State College, Castleton, VT, Purchase Prize

Moon Brook Arts Union, Rutland, VT, Founding Member, Co-Director

Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, VT, Trustee

Rutland Downtown Development, Rutland, VT, Street Art Purchase Winner