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Sally Behrens grew up in the artistic community of Laguna Beach, California. She received a degree in professional arts: BPA with Honours from Los Angeles Art Center College of Design. She pursued a career as an advertising art director in USA before settling in Australia. When her family moved from Sydney to northern NSW, her commercial design transitioned to fine art, fanciful flora and fauna in brilliant-coloured gouache. Relocating again to Brisbane and more recently to the Newcastle area, she changed to painting oils on canvas in a style she calls ‘domestic realism’. The subjects of these works are often her favourite collectables-jugs, ginger jars, bowls and plates, combined with fruit or vegetables. These simple still-lifes are based on the combination of objects and their unique patterns and colours, and the light surrounding them to create movement and interest.



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