Sally Ladd Cole Biography
Sally Ladd Cole is a realist painter whose work depicts the New England landscape and the rural gems she encounters between her homes in Maine and New Hampshire. Her paintings capture her sense of awe and wonder at the color, grace, infinite changeability, harmonies, and contrasts she discovers in the surrounding countryside.
Many of Cole’s paintings depict the Atlantic shoreline awash in sunlight and rich shadows. Here, she finds an abundance of inspiration in the overall natural grace of these sights—endangered vistas that are becoming increasingly rare. Cole hopes to bring awareness to the irreplaceable beauty of New England’s rural lands and the openness of her shoreline.
Cole’s work has been included in numerous solo, juried, and groups exhibitions in galleries throughout New England. It has also been highlighted in several books, including Summer Colonies; Dublin and Cornish, and Isle of Shoals: Island of Light; and featured in many publications, including the Concord Monitor and Amherst Citizen. In 2019, Cole received an award for Best of America Exhibit from the National Oil and Acrylic Painter’s Society at Park City, Utah. She also placed third in the 2019 Annual Juried Exhibition at The Guild of Boston Artists in Boston, Massachusetts.
Cole holds a BFA from the University of New Hampshire in 1971. She also studied with Clifford Smith and T. Allen Lawson. She is an active member of the American Society of Marine Artists. Cole splits her time between her homes and studios in New Hampshire and Blue Hill, Maine.