Sally Caswell, M.F.A., B.F.A.
Sally Caswell was born and raised in Southeastern Massachusetts. Knowing at an early age that her work as an artist would define her life, she received recognition at the age of twelve, when the Boston Post newspaper selected one of her original drawings for publication. Much later, Ms. Caswell’s drawing “Neptune’s Influence” was published in American Artist Magazine. She is the illustrator of two books, and, also, is honored to have created the frontispiece for the Centennial Edition of The Trident, Yearbook of the United States Naval War College at Newport, RI, which purchased the drawing for its Museum Collection. For 24 years she was Adjunct Professor of Art at the Community College of RI, for over 8 years she taught watercolor and design at Rhode Island School of Design, C.E. and Summer Studies, and also taught watercolor for several summers at the Chautauqua Institution, NY.
Sally studied Painting and Printmaking at U. Mass, Dartmouth, receiving her Master of Fine Arts degree with Distinguished Thesis in 1990, having earlier completed an equivalency of Master of Arts in Teaching, Ceramics, at Rhode island College, and receiving a B.F.A. in Painting and Illustration from Massachusetts College of Art in 1965. At MassArt, her professors and mentors were noted watercolorists Arthur Corsini and Charles Demetropoulos, both A.W.S., and distinguished painters Edward Movitz, David Berger and Lawrence Kupferman; also, she studied stone lithography with Master Printmaker, George Lockwood, both at MassArt and at his Impressions Workshop in Boston.
Inspired by European and British masters Monet and J.M.W. Turner, and others, and American masters, such as William Trost Richards, John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer, Sally Caswell paints her watercolors and oils on canvas in the tradition of the British and American masters – building up glazes of rich nuances and transparencies to develop a depth of color and identifying a continuity with nature. Her work in every medium reveals a strength of draftsmanship and her joy of en plein air painting is obvious, as the largest proportion of her works are created on location.
Her love of travel is evident. The Atlantic and Pacific coasts, marine subjects, the mountains of Colorado, the enduring charm of Tuscany and the Azores are expressed in her works of art that create a feeling of presence. Ms. Caswell’s paintings and works on paper have won many awards and are in private and corporate collections from coast to coast and have been exhibited in National and International shows in museums and galleries in the U.S. and Japan. In addition to being a Master Artist of Cape Cod Art Association, Sally Caswell is a signature and Lifetime member of RIWS, a member of 19 on Paper, a Copley Artist since 1998, and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art since 1999. Her home and studio are in Swansea, MA.