Sally Wille


“Color wets my appetite to paint. The light and color cast over landscapes inspires me. This inspiration also comes from childhood memories spent in the outdoors on lakes, beaches and farms. I simplify the composition into broad swaths of intensified color. This I believe, results in abstractions of nature and gives the landscape distinctive character. I call it composed landscapes”.

Sally was born in Beloit, WI and grew up in Winnetka, IL a suburb of Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan. As a child spent summers at camp on Lake Hamlin in Michigan, and today spends time on another inland lake in Northern Michigan. She graduated with a BFA from the University of Arizona, has attended classes at the Art Institute of Chicago as well as the American Academy of Art. She held positions as a graphic designer and Art Director. Recently, her paintings have been accepted to shows at The Freeport, IL Art Museum, Highland Park, IL City Hall, Laurentide Winery Lake Leelanau, MI, and is the winner of the 2020 Manitou Music Festival poster competition. Sally exhibits regularly The North Shore Art League, Glen Arbor Art Center, and The Old Art Building. She is a member of those art centers as well as Leelanau Women Artists and Art Makers North.