Connecticut born, painting and drawing was Sallyanne's (Sal) compulsive passion from when she was a child, selling portraits at the age of ten. This endeavor evolved into large murals and private commissions sold through college. Sal graduated with a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a focus on painting and drawing. Her academic studies included an internship at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and studies abroad in Cortona, Italy with exhibitions from Italy to the U.S. In 2003 Sal moved to Los Angeles and applied her fine arts background to the film industry, becoming a visual effects artist and supervisor. Credits include True Blood, Fast and Furious, Once Upon a Time and several awards, including two Emmy nominations. Sal transitioned to directing and producing. Credits and clients include American Gods, Cosabella, Steadicam. Sal's traditional fine arts upbringing is ever present, particularly in film where she believes every frame is a painting. The hours spent glued to the window seat from Italy to Morocco, New Zealand to Bali, with countless stops between is an endless source of inspiration for her art, whether it be painted on a canvas or captured with a camera.
The "M" series are nine prints created from a larger mixed media painting titled "Morocco," inspired by memories from a solo trip Sal took to the North African country: overhead aerials en route from Rome to Casablanca, nature's humbling strength while surfing the rocky coastline, the magic of feeling transported back in time wandering the bustling streets of Marrakesh, stumbling across sacred geometry carved into the tombs and losing herself in a world of color, culture, and texture. "Morocco" was created with non-toxic resin poured over acrylic paints, pastels, found objects, oatmeal, incense, plants, ink, gold foil, and personal photographs. Building layer upon layer, letting small sections beneath show through, Sal imagined Moroccan sand and how effortlessly it buries everything in its path. Once the resin was cured Sal photographed over 2,000 close-up images of the painting. Using the FUJI GX 100 camera, she curated the collection down to nine final images, the "M" series. From the jewel-like color palette of the spices and market textiles to the sand and surf of Taghazout, the photographs evoke different memories from Sal's time spent in Morocco. Each "M" series image is a Fine Art giclée print sealed between aluminum composite DiBond and a 1/8" gloss acrylic front. A French cleat hangar and a personally signed and numbered Certificate of Authentication card is on the back, available in a limited edition series of 25 (+ 2 AP) prints.