“Most of my childhood summers were spent with my family living in a yellow tent on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. My father, a biology professor at San Francisco State University, conducted his fieldwork there studying the rare Kaibab Squirrel, taking us along to ‘help’. These summers created a deep appreciation in me for the canyon country and native cultures of the Four Corners region.

Since that time I have been drawn to the world embodied by the kachina spirits of the Hopi. It is intriguing to create images that combine these utilitarian yet intensely spiritual objects. My paintings explore the powerful imagery evolving over centuries by the peoples of the Southwest. For me it is fascinating to visualize how the designs, patterns and shapes of the ancient ceramics relate so closely with the landscape and environment in which they were conceived. 

My reference material is drawn from extensive visits to museum collections. It matters to me that the imagery I use in my compositions is based on how things really are-hence the cracks in the pottery or crooked headdresses in some of the kachina dolls that are so often the subject of my paintings. The uplifting strength of the American Southwest and, in particular, the native cultures that have evolved and endured in relationship to this powerful region are the lenses I continue to see my world through. If a painting is successful, some of the appreciation for the drama, power and sheer majesty of our world is shared.”

Sally Hall

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