Born in 1962 in Summit NJ, Sally Veach began drawing by grade four and took private instruction in the traditional mediums from 7th to 11th grades. In 1984, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Syracuse University. After several years in the graphic arts, Veach devoted the bulk of her adult life to raising her family in rural Virginia. Coming back to her artistic self around 2012, Veach made a conscious decision to honor her identity as an artist. Since then she has worked tirelessly to develop her creative voice through abstract and expressive paintings inspired by the landscape surrounding her home in the Shenandoah Valley. Through her paintings, Veach wants to propel people to remember the restorative effects of nature.
Veach also values the importance man’s place in nature, as symbolized by her area’s deteriorating barns. She is in partnership with the Shenandoah County Historical Society to raise awareness and promote preservation of the county’s historic barns. She has had numerous solo exhibitions in the Shenandoah Valley, and donates a portion of barn painting sales to the Shenandoah County Historical Society’s barn preservation program.
“Through quick, gestural marks that reflect the immediacy of a changing landscape and its analogous relationship to modern life, my work addresses the discrepancies between the perfection of nature and our flawed humanity.
I create paintings full of motion and sometimes chaos, while depicting the bucolic landscape that surrounds my home in the rural Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
By employing automatic, impulsive, and often messy mark-making, I hope to convey a sense of the world as a place of contradictions, filled with extreme beauty and the realities of life.”