Atlanta-based artist Sally King Benedict is as charming as the "faces" she brings to life on her canvases. Her work is highly sought-after in both the art and design communities - from collectors to interior designers who are eager to get their hands on one of Sally's famous faces or abstract paintings. If you follow Sally on social media, you know her talent extends far beyond her paintings, from her own personal style to her beautiful home vignettes, you will surely be inspired.
Like many, I can't get enough of Sally's faces - each one unique but all related through the common characteristics of texture, rich colors, and expressive lines Sally is known for.
Noteworthy: Tell us a little about your background. How did you get started in painting?
Sally: I grew up Atlanta, went to the College of Charleston, then returned to Atlanta after we had our son. It's wonderful to be back, but I owe Charleston for being such an amazing environment to start a career in art. I was always encouraged by my parents and by art teachers from a very young age and I found myself doing it any time I could outside of school work and sports. It has been a part of my routine from the beginning! I always wanted to make something for someone...even if it was the babysitter. I got so much joy out of seeing how art can make someone happy, just as I do now.
Noteworthy: What inspires your work? Influences?
Sally: Becoming a mom has inspired me so much. I have learned to roll with things easier and I always try and see the bigger picture. I would say time spent at home and with friends and family inspires my work and my motivation to keep my head down and do what comes naturally to my hand in the studio. I'm influenced by polar opposites of myself. Artists or musicians that do things I can't do.
Noteworthy: As an artist, how do you stay fresh creatively speaking?
Sally: Allowing myself time away from the studio to re-charge. Switching focus to an art project with my son or a new book at night. Turning my phone off when I get home, which is rare but amazing. Keeping my body active and my mind open.
Noteworthy: You recently announced a collaboration with jewelry line Twine & Twig, and we’ve seen you do other (amazing) collaborations in the past (with one of my favorites, Lizzie Fortunato) - if you can share, what is next for Sally King Benedict?
Sally: I am collaborating with photographer Nathan Coe out of Nantucket. We will be showing works of art down in Miami for Basel at 1Hotel. I am also taking time to focus on a children's book and some other new products in 2017.
Noteworthy: Tell us about your upcoming show at Hidell Brooks Gallery in Charlotte, NC, this January.
Sally: I always love doing this show. My Charlotte collectors are always so supportive and I meet the most interesting people at the openings through Katharine and Rebecca. They are the most wonderful ladies in the industry to work with! This new body of work will focus on abstract portraiture, abstract landscapes, and large scale pieces.
Sally King Benedict is a contemporary artist living and working in Atlanta, GA. She and her work have been featured in major publications across the US, including Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, Domino, Garden & Gun, Southern Living among others. Sally appeals to both established and new collectors alike with a wide range of mediums. She has the ability to create visual texture with a rich, adventurous color palette, and expressive linear techniques. For more, visit sallybenedict.com and on Instagram @sallykingbenedict.