After a long and successful career helping others as a psychologist, emerging artist Sally Tomkins has recently discovered her own solitude through painting. The Sydney-based talent only picked up a brush two years ago, yet she has fast gained the attention of the art world.

As such she will be soon be exhibiting at The Moree Gallery, with her solo exhibition entitled ‘Coddiwomple’ opening Friday March 13. This will be Tomkins’ first significant exhibition, and her first visit to the Moree region, and she couldn’t be more thrilled. Working in oils, Tomkins is fascinated by the texture of paint and portraying the different qualities of light in her works. With a penchant for painting children, and trying to capture the quiet moments of pause and thought in the midst of their busy lives, her comprehensive collection also includes still life scenes and interiors.

Encouraged to pursue a maths and science path, a career in psychology followed, however she admits she has always loved making things and using her hands. From a violin making course in Cambridge, UK, to furniture restoration, Tomkins dabbled in the creative space before commencing an introduction into drawing, and then painting, through the community college almost seven years ago. She eventually made the decision to take a year off psychology to focus on her painting, which has recently been extended to a two-year break. “I don’t think I’ve ever been happier, I have my dogs at my feet and often paint with friends which is nice too. I think it’s time for a new chapter in my life and I’m keen to see where my passion for painting can take me. The more I paint the more I love painting. Painting has come at a very helpful time in my life, I was ready for a change, but I never imagined a beloved hobby would become a viable profession.”

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