Sally Milne


"Watercolour is both the source of my inspiration and the vehicle for its expression"

My work is a study in transparency and reflected light, colour and the movement of fluid shapes. Inspiration has come from subjects such as glass, ice, water and reflective surfaces. I paint in watercolour, a medium which shares the qualities of my subjects, lending itself to the expression of the light and shadow, soft shapes, crisp edges and transparent colour which define my work.

Although my paintings are realism based, I have never been interested in traditional representation, often approaching my subject from a close-up perspective. As a result, the subject is only partially defined and stretches beyond the limits of the composition. In both my work with glass objects and my paintings of ice I have explored the effects of light and transparency, the fluid shapes of my subjects and the abstract forms found within them. This approach can be described as a study of the concept of abstraction within representation. The subject may be recognized but the focus is on form, movement and colour.


  1987-1989 Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, Geneva, Switzerland
Studied Drawing and Painting
  1982-1984 Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Graduate Diploma in Translation (French-English)
  1976-1980 Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
BA (honours) French and History
Selected Exhibitions and
Gallery Representation
  November 2010 Academy Gallery, Bath, Ontario
  2007-2008 Gallery ArtPlus, Belleville, Ontario
  1993-2007 Annual Participation Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Solo Exhibitions    
  1999-2011 (excl. 2002) Windmills CafĂ©, Kingston, Ontario
  May 30-June20, 2003

Gallery at the Playhouse Thousand Islands Playhouse Gananoque, Ontario
  1994-2001 and 2002-2011 Kingston Studio Tour
Members Juried Exhibition February 2002 Canadian Federation of Artists Gallery, Vancouver, B.C.

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Honourable Mention In Watercolour

  2004 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Best of Medium
  2002 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Honourable Mention for Watercolour
  1997 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Terry Martel Watercolour Purchase Award
  1976 Ridley College, St. Catharines, Ontario
Nan Cassels Award for Contribution to the Arts

  2003-2011 Organization of Kingston Women Artists (OKWA)
- Organized Member's Exhibition January 2004
  1999-2007 Kingston Artist's Association
  2001-2002 Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver, British Columbia
Teaching Experience
and Presentations

  January 2011 Presentation to the members of OKWA on "The Evolution of my Work"
  June 2010 QECVI Kingston - Watercolour workshop
for High School Students

Watercolour Classes and Workshops in both Toronto and Kingston
  September 2000 Toronto Watercolour Society - "Painting Glass in Watercolour - From Still Life to Abstraction"
  1994-2001 Kingston School of Art - Watercolour workshops
  1995-1996 Queen's University Elderhostel Program - Workshops
Articles and Reviews    
  June 4, 2003

The Gananoque Reporter
“Reflections: Sally Milne’s Moving Waters, Fruit Reflected”
by Heather McAlpine   READ THE REVIEW

  January 2001 Profile Kingston Magazine
“Sally Milne, Colour and Composition”
by Ann-Maureen Owen
  April 1, 2000 Kingston Whig Standard
“ Milne’s Work Glows with Light” by Melanie Dugan
  March 13, 1999

Kingston Whig Standard
“Artists Explore New Territory” by Richard Moll