About Sally

Sally McLean Artist Art Classes


Fine artist Sally McLean loves beautiful things. Through pastels and oil she captures the very essence of nature, especially seascapes, portraits and animals.

"The beauty of the world around me gives me pleasure from panoramic ocean views; pelicans gliding over the water; or the way light shines on rain drop covered leaves making them look as if they are covered in tiny crystals.  This aside, I have had an affinity with animals for as long as I can remember and from a very young age it was my ambition to become a vet.  Well I never became a vet but I have married a love of animals with a passion for art by producing quality pet portraiture."  Sally McLean, October 2008

Sally developed a passion for working with pastels in her final year of high school. However, it wasn’t until 2005, some 25 years later that she decided to explore and nurture her artistic capability to develop it to its fullest potential.
After leaving school she channelled her creativity into her career as an engineering draftsperson and undertook a few classes at the Brisbane Institute of Art in the early 1980s.
In 2005, with her family now grown, Sally felt it was time to nurture and re-connect with her latent artistic spirit. Under the tutelage of distinguished artist Janet Ann Skinner she honed her experience of working with oil, pastels and charcoal attending weekly classes for two years. Her oil painting skills were further enhanced by attending a workshop run by award winning artist Graham W Smith.
Sally continued to refine her skills through attending life drawing classes and a painting group and took up watercolour classes with artist Maria Field in 2010. She has also attended photography classes at the Brisbane College of Photography and Art  and has completed a Masterclass Portraiture workshop at Brisbane Artists Academe  run by Archibald 2008 finalist Fu Hong and a Seascapes and Boats pastel workshop run by artist Regina Hona in 2009.
With a fast developing reputation for quality animal portraiture, Sally also paints people, florals, and other works by commission. Sally's style is strong, realistic and evokes emotion through assiduous application of colour and tone.Her work now hangs in private collections throughout Australia.    Her work now hangs in private collections throughout Australia.           H          Her work now hangs in private collections throughout Australia.
A member of the Pastel Society of Australia, Sally’s awards include:
  • Exhibition RDA 2005 2nd prize pastel for Whisper
  • Brookfield Art Show 2008 – Best Pastel for Noosa Pelicans
  • Brookfield Art Show 2008 – Highly Commended Pastel Early Morning Lake Cootharaba
  • Brookfield Art Show 2009 - Commended Pastel Guilded Quills
  • She has exhibited at the Brookfield Show 2006, 2008 and 2009, the Royal Queensland Show (RNA) 2006 and 2009; Graydon Gallery 2008; Martin Galleries 2009 and Lethbridge Gallery 10000 Exhibition 2010. 
  • Australian Artist Magazine September Issue 2011 'The Art of Using Colour'
 “I’ve always enjoyed the texture and smell of new paper and the way in which different media take to it. Life is for living. When people view my paintings, I want everyone to be able to feel the same sense of emotion and joy that a particular image evoked in me the very first time I laid eyes on it.” Sally McLean, May 2008.
Sally is accepting enrolements now for her Adult Art Classes.
To commission Sally for a portrait or other style of painting, or to find out more about her work or her classes,
call 0438 186 821 or email sally@sallymcleanartist.com.au.


If you have any questions or queries please CONTACT ME and I will be more than happy to help you!