Sally Schaedler

category: Visual,

Contact & Info


Phone: 914 215 3087


Artist Statement

Artist Statement:

Art is not a choice; it has always been an obsession for me.  I have always needed to find an outlet for painting in someway...whether large scale abstractions or portraits.  For financial reasons, I turned to design and illustration as a career, but I never stopped painting as well.  I turned to portraiture when my children were small, realizing I could neither meet commercial art deadlines or nor focus on creating large paintings and meet the demands of raising a family.  The realism of portraiture has made its way into my abstractions, which have also been influenced by my travels, especially to Mexico and Turkey.  Texture and depth, intersecting spatial forms, as well as a love of detail have become the focus of my current painting.

A professor of mine years ago insisted that his students not begin to paint with any preconceived notions.  Color and shape, for example, should just "evolve" on the canvas.  I still follow this process and never know how the eventual painting will develop.

I like the ethereal quality of finding images and shapes within and behind other shapes.  I like soft colors and ways to find "safe passage" through the canvas, in the same way that we all maneuver through life and find our way.  I like raised and recessed surfaces, glossy and matte combined finishes.  Life is a little like a puzzle and we all have to find our way to make all the pieces fit.  I intuitively convey feelings in particular paintings depending on my situation at the time; exploring the way shapes intersect in life and the way we sometimes hide the obvious behind a mask.  However, I want the viewer to reach their own conclusions about what the symbolism my represent.


Educational Background

Painting Credits:

Columbus Museum of Fine Arts, Columbus, Ohio

Dublin Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

Wustum Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

Racine Theater Guild

Bonniwell, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Landmarks Gallery ,Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Everson Museum, Syracuse New York

Associated Artists, Syracuse, New York

Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York

Schoolhouse Gallery, Croton Falls, New York

Mid Hudson Heritage Center, Poughkeepsie, New York

Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, New York

Sylvia Wold and Po Kim Gallery, New York

National Association of Women Artists Gallery, New York

Portrait Credits include:

Sister M.John Francis, President Mt Saint Mary College,

Milwaukee Wisconsin

Ms M Mannix McElligott, Assistant to the Chancellor,

Marquette University

Menberships/ Affiliations

National Association of Women Artists


Westchester Arts Council


Dutchess County Arts Council

Represented by International Contemporary Artists

In addition to painting, I am a Senior Gift Product Designer

with Amscan Inc, BFA Washington University, St Louis Missouri,

and have extensive experience ilustrating many children's books

for Random House, Scholastic, Harcourt, Concordia, Silver Burdett.

Pearson, etc.