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Still life offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the techniques needed to create beautiful realistic paintings. This workshop is suitable for students wanting to learn or enhance their skills as traditional oil painters.

Composition and careful observation will be a focus of this workshop along with an exploration of form through a growing understanding of colour, light and tone. Students will arrange individual compositions and work at their own pace to develop one or more paintings during the week.

*Drawing is a prerequisite skill

(Not suitable for beginners.)

Sally Ryan is an Australian painter and portrait artist living and operating in Sydney. Her style is best described as contemporary realism with an emphasis on portraiture although her practice includes all genres of painting.
Before portraiture became her primary focus, Sally had worked for a number of years in both the graphic and ceramic arts. These practices laid the foundation for the patterning and detail her art is noted for today. The human subject, though, remained a point of interest throughout her career and after a few years of intensive study at the Julian Ashton Art School (including a Scholarship in 2010), portraiture and figurative art had become her passion. 
Sally now works in oils, graphite and charcoal and has been recognized in competitions across Australia and internationally.  
She is a member of Portrait Artists Australia and has had works exhibited with this organisation at the Art House Gallery, NSW Parliament House and the Australian Embassy in Washington. In 2016 she had a portrait of the former premier, Ted Baillieu, unveiled in the Parliament of Victoria and also painted Judith Poole, retiring headmistress of Abbotsleigh Girls School. 
Sally teaches portraiture and figure painting at the Julian Ashton Art School. She has a studio in Mt Kuring gai, Sydney, and is available for commissions.

Awarded Signature Status by the Portrait Society of America 2018.

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