Artist Statement

My current paintings explore fundamental questions surrounding my role as a mother. My six year old son is often my muse. The paintings hover between abstraction and representation demanding work from the viewer to reveal the image at hand. Boisterous and quiet colors reflect the emotional push and pull between chaos and order. The figures are in constant movement yet simultaneously frozen within the painting: a fleeting existence in paint. The paint itself becomes a record of time, secrets of past and present moments.



Sally Jacobs is a painter and professor of art in painting and drawing at Cleveland Community College in Shelby, NC.  She received her MFA in 2007 from Western Carolina University where her most influential teachers were Barbara Grossman, Judy Glantzman, Lois Dodd and Stephen Westfall. She received her BFA from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio in 1991.

In 2014, Jacobs recently had a solo exhibition at Prince Street Gallery in the Chelsea Arts District of New York City. She  has been the recipient of the Premio Prize from Leo Fortham studios in Florence, Italy. She has also been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts regional Artist’s grant. In 2012, she was selected for an international artist residency at Can Serrat in El Bruc, Spain. In May of 2012, she received a one week residency at the Center for Research Art Technology and Education (C.R.A.T.E) in Oakland, CA to study non-toxic printmaking methods. In 2003, Jacobs was the feature show for Building Character on the Home and Garden Television Network. It can be viewed by clicking or inserting the following URL. 

Jacobs has had numerous exhibitions, including one person shows at Gruppo Donatello in Florence, Italy, the Paris New York Kent Gallery in Connecticut, Theater Arts Gallery in High Point, NC and numerous group shows at the Mobile Museum of Art in Mississippi, the City Gallery in Charleston, SC, the YMI Cultural Center in Asheville, NC, and the Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, VA. Her work is currently represented by Prince Street Gallery in New York, NY.  She lives in Kings Mountain, North Carolina with her husband, Scott and four year old son, George.  

© Sally Jacobs 2011