Sally's Bio

Sally Trace art studio 
When I was very young, my mother took a correspondence course in art history. From Michelangelo to Dali, those big color plates and books full of prints had an enormous impact on my young mind. I learned that I could draw well and had a strong desire to be an artist.

After moving to Pennsylvania, I studied Fine Art at Bucks County Community College and graduated with honors. While at Bucks, I was influenced by the late art historian Hafez Chehab, by his love for modern art, his enthusiasm for beautiful compositions, harmonious colors, lively brushwork. I was also influenced by the sculptures of Bernie Mangiaracina, and served an apprenticeship in bronze casting with Bernie. My work is still informed by his Brancusi-like, elegant curving sculptural forms.

I took courses and workshops at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, including portraiture, color theory and color field abstraction.

I focused on commissioned portraiture for many years, but my true love was always abstraction. In 2000-2004 I showed my abstracts locally in the Philadelphia and New York areas, including the Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Annual, and the Bowery Gallery in Chelsea. In 2005 I made the decision to show my paintings online only. This provides tremendous artistic freedom and allows me to stay in my studio, which gives me great joy.

My paintings have been featured on book covers and brochures, and played a role in the movie “Universal Signs” in which the leading man is an artist.
Today my inspiration comes from the sheer joy of painting and, as time goes by, is more and more connected to my spirituality.



Sally's paintings played a role in the feature film Universal Signs, in which the leading man (played by Anthony Natale) is a painter.  She also consulted with Anthony on how to paint and provided props for the art studio scenes.  Frank Davis of Qoro produced wonderful fine art reproductions of my paintings to be used as in-progress paintings in the movie.


Fall Art Exhibit in the Art Gallery of the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a wonderful exhibit including the abstract microscope photography of the scientists and abstract paintings of local artists. 2007.  "The mission of the LIMR Art Gallery is to recognize that scientists and artists explore similar, fundamental questions with respect to what people see and understand about living forms."

Sally installed an art hanging system and filled The Cocktail Gallery with her paintings from 2004-2006.  The Cocktail Gallery was inside Occasions, a banquet facility in Union Square, New Hope, PA

Darlington Arts Center, Nov., 2005

Immaculata University Art Show, 2003, 2004

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Juried Online Arts Festival  Artist of the Month, December, 2003

Lambertville Shad Festival, 2003.  Award for "Outdoor Art"

Art in the Garden  Paxson Hill Farm, New Hope, PA, 2003

Woodmere Art Museum, 2002 “Artists and Poets Among Us”

Living Arts Club, Gloucester County, NJ, 2002

Bowery Gallery, 2001 National Competition, NY, NY, curated by Janet Fish

Gloucester County College Art Gallery, Sewell, NJ, September, 2001

Chestnut Hill Arts Festival, Chestnut Hill, PA, 2001

Bell's Tavern, Lambertville, NJ, 2001

Lost Dreams on Canvas project through Pennsylvania Academy of Fine ArtsOil portrait exhibited in the U. S. Senate Building, Washington D.C. September 1995

Sally was selected to exhibit paintings and sculptures in the show "Bucks Sampler" while a student at Bucks County Community College by invitation of Sen. H. Craig Lewis, Pennsylvania Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA, 1988

Havana's, New Hope, PA, 1986

Hicks Art Center, Newtown, PA, Student and Alumnae Shows, 1984-1989

Published Paintings

"Urbanity 2" was used to represent the symposium "Superdiversity California Style: New Approaches to Race, Civil Rights, Governance and Cultural Production" for THE INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN CULTURES AT UCLA, 2013

"The Fullness of Manifestation" was used to represent the symposium "Has Philosophy of Religion a Future" for the Faculty of Religious Studies at McGill University, 2013

"Ride the Wave" was published on the cover of "Gendered Lives: Communication, Gender and Culture, 9th Edition" for Cengage Learning, 2011

David Hush CD Cover, 2006
FAMILY RESEARCH CONSORTIUM IV,  through UCLA, "Little Boat" was used to represent the 2004 Summer Institute.
Chestnut Hill Arts Festival, Chestnut Hill, PA, paintings used for event promotion, 2001

Lost Dreams on Canvas project through Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts, Oil portrait used on project's brochure cover, 2000

Bucks County Community College Hicks Art Center, Gouache painting used in the Hicks Art Center's brochure, 1988


2011: Studied Color Field Abstraction with Kassem Ammoudi at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA

1997: Studied landscape painting at Abington Art Center, Abington, PA

1990-1991: Studied portraiture and color theory with Al Gury at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA

1989: Apprenticed in bronze casting with Bernard Mangiaracina in Buckingham, PA

1989:  Bucks County Community College, Associate of Arts, Newtown, PA.  Studied under Hafez Chehab, Bernard Mangiaracina, Frank Dominguez, Robert Dodge, Alan Goldstein, Marlene Miller, Charlotte Schatz, Selma Bortner.