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Sally Baker

















Sally Baker

I am a watercolor artist in Sebastopol, California. I live with my husband Neil. Our son Keith has left Los Angeles and moved back to Sonoma County. Originally from Los Angeles, I received by B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and my teaching credential from the University of Southern California. I have been teaching fine arts for the past thirty-four years and currently teach at Healdsburg High School. Artist’s statements, like their art, evolve over time. So it is with me. As I reflect on my work, I inevitably come to certain conclusions. My early work spoke of my affinity with the high desert. I felt passionate about adobe structures. I was fascinated with the intensity of the soft desert colors. I was also drawn to the intense shadows cast because of the special light quality of the desert atmosphere. Although my work continues to focus on strong shadow shapes, I would have to say that my love of color has dominated my more current work. I love to use very saturated pigments while still allowing the light of the paper to shine through. After visiting Japan seven summers ago and again three summers ago, my subject matter has focused on Asian still life. I have always been drawn the Asian aesthetic and it seems to suit my style. I visited Italy this past March and returned with pottery from Tuscany and my latest paintings include luscious colors inspired by the region. I would describe my work as sharp focused with emphasis on strong shadow shapes that create a specific moment in time. It is my hope that the viewer will be engaged, enter the picture, slow down, explore and visit for a while.


Sally Baker


Below are just a few samples of Sally's vibrant watercolor paintings:


Tuscan Plate with Asparagus

Asian Still Life #3

Shells and Shadows

Chopsticks with Blue and White Vessels

Tuscan Plate with Grapes

Persimmon and Japanese Pot



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