A native of St. Louis, Sally Schaedler attended Washington University (BFA full scholarship). She spent several years illustrating for Centaur Studios in St. Louis, producing finished artwork for advertising agencies and publishers. In her spare time, she painted extensively, developing skills in portraiture, as well as other subjects. She has also illustrated children’s books.
Traveling extensively, living in various parts of the country, she has been influenced by varied cultures and colors over the years. She began choosing to abstract colors and shapes, combining a love of detail and controlled shapes with colors and intersecting spatial forms. Texture and depth are significant in her paintings.
Artist Statement: For many of us, painting is not a choice, it is an obsession. Texture and depth, intersecting spatial forms, as well as love of detail have become the focus of my painting. I like raised and recessed surfaces, glossy and matte finishes, the ethereal quality of finding images and shapes within and behind other shapes, and paths to “safe passage” through the canvas, in the same way that we all maneuver through life and find our way. Intuitively, I convey feelings in certain paintings, exploring the way shapes intersect in life and how we sometimes hide the obvious behind a mask. However, I want viewers to reach their own conclusions about what the symbolism may represent.