Sally Veach is a contemporary painter exploring landscape and aspects of humanity in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Born and raised in New Jersey, Veach spent summers and school vacations at her mother’s ancestral home of Woodstock, VA in the Shenandoah Valley. There she enjoyed an abundance of time running barefoot through fields of grass and “stickers” and building forts out of hay bales in historic barns with her many cousins.
With the benefit of several years of private art lessons as a child, Veach went on to earn BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University and worked in the field of graphic arts. She settled down in that same town where her ancestors lived, and a large clan of relatives still live in Shenandoah County. During the time of raising children Veach devoted all to their care, but in 2012 she reconnected with her identity as an artist and began painting again.
Veach has been painting seriously since 2015, drawing on the inspiring landscape that surrounds her and the rich history of the area including her own family’s story of immigration from Germanic Lands in the 1700’s.
Her work is held in numerous private collections in addition to the City of Alexandria, VA and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA. She exhibits throughout the mid-Atlantic and Southern region of the United States and her work is held in numerous private collections, as well as the City of Alexandria, VA and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. A major exhibition of her Barns of Shenandoah series paintings, called “Ghosts of a Forgotten Landscape: Paintings by Sally Veach” is being held at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley from July 2019-June 2020. She was a guest panelist for the panel discussion “Women in the Arts” moderated by Kathryn Wat, chief curator of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, hosted by the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Her work can be found at Anne Neilson Fine Art in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Veach partners with the Shenandoah County Historical Society to raise awareness and promotepreservation of the county’s historic and endangered barns. A portion of barn painting sales are donated to the Shenandoah County Historical Society’s barn preservation program. Through her interpretative paintings, Veach wants people to feel the restorative effects of nature and contemplate humans’ placein the natural world.