Sally MacCabe

Since moving from Oxfordshire to St Ives in 2000 I have focused on developing my contemporary abstract paintings which are very influenced by this new life on the edge of the sea. This is evident in my use of the subtle blues and grey colours that dominate my work and reflect the constant changing light and weather that passes across the bay. Favourite sources of design are the Cornish coast; abstract grids; and Venice buildings – but many paintings are an intuitive exploration of colour and texture where the outcome is unknown – which is both scarey and exciting!

I am largely a self-taught artist and my very early work used textiles. Although I no longer use fabrics or stitch, many of my paintings, hangings, sculptures and book forms feature applied papers and a variety of textures which create a rich and interesting surface which is often built up layer upon layer. An important part of much of my work is the inclusion of fragments of personal letters, vintage texts and various typefaces, from which many of the paintings’ titles are taken.

I constantly go off on a tangent exploring new media and surfaces on which to expand my work and take it in new directions – the experimental aspect of my work is very important to me – I thrive on the unpredictable – the question of “what happens if....?”

I am unable to paint every day and in order to keep me sane and avoid being idle (!), I produce a range of jewellery using semi-precious stones, which is sold in galleries across the country.

Days Gone By

40"(w) x 40"(h) Mixed media on deep frame canvas


Humble Places

Mixed media on canvas with silver leaf. Unframed. 50w x 60h


Just Let Go

24"(w) x 24"(h) Deep frame canvas in graphite painted wooden frame Framed


Pale Blue Grid

Mixed media grid of applied papers and beach finds on deep frame canvas 50w x 60h


St Ives Hanging

5"(w) x 36"(h) Mixed media on paper (concertina construction)