Sally Loughridge Studio

Original artwork inspired by nature's beauty, power, and mystery

Welcome to this web gallery of my original artwork.  Inspired by the rugged beauty of coastal Maine, I create land and seascape oil paintings and soft pastel paintings.  Each medium has its own appeal.  With oil painting, the process of mixing, layering, and glazing hues of different values and temperatures is engaging and rhythmic.  Soft pastel is a medium of particular vibrancy and immediacy.  Almost pure pigment with minimal binder, pastel painting gives artwork a richness of color and stroke that is both characteristic and striking.  By their shape and concentration of pigment, pastel sticks may be used in a linear or painterly manner, or some combination of the two.  Preparing my own surfaces for pastel painting gives me the freedom to vary the texture and tone of the ground.  I often combine media, such as using acrylic or watercolor as an underpainting for a soft pastel work or experimenting with gold metal leaf in combination with oil or soft pastel. 


I am also exploring another artistic interest, that of jewelry design.  I make one of a kind necklaces and earrings with silver, other metals, minerals, beads, crystals, and found objects.  As in my oil and pastel painting practice, each piece is inspired by a palette of nature's hues, shapes, and shades.  I hope  you will visit the Jewelry Gallery on this site.


To see my work, please visit one of these listed galleries or a show I am in.  I hope that at least one of my oil or pastel paintings will stir a memory or your emotions. 


Online purchases made by made by check or credit card (via Square Inc.) and shipping can be arranged.

Paintings -  Mast Cove Galleries, Pemaquid Art Gallery, Tidemark Gallery

Jewelry - Kefauver Gallery, Summer Island Studio Gallery, Tidemark Gallery

Current and Upcoming Shows

Now extended through September -

"Monhegan Perspectives V"

Salt Exchange Restaurant and Gallery

June - September 2014

Portland, Maine



Joyce Greenfield, Betty Heselton,

 Sally Loughridge, and Marlene Loznicka


Each fall we spend two weeks living and painting on Monhegan Island,

ten miles off the coast of Maine.  Curated by kdb-Karen Dominguez, this

is our fifth exhibit of works inspired by our stays.


Here are several of my paintings in the show (click to enlarge).

Moonset, oil on mounted canvas SOLD
Fog and Sun, Manana, oil on panel, 12 x 12," $500
Manana and the Deep Blue Sea, oil on panel, 12 x 16," $675
Morning Moon, Manana, oil on panel, 5 x 7," $175
Morning Sun on Manana, oil on panel, 12 x 12," $500
Island Splash, oil on panel, SOLD

"Painting Maine V"

annual small group show

Damariscotta River Grill

July 21 - September 14, 2014



Ellen Hutcheson, Barbara Klein, Sally Loughridge, and Bob Vaughan


As paintings have sold, we have quickly replaced them with fresh work.

Here are several of my paintings in the show (click to enlarge).

Foggy Isle, oil on canvas, 12 x 16", $650
Cove Light, acrylic and soft pastel on panel, 24 x 36", $2500
Rise, oil on canvas, 8 x 10", $325


solo show of oil and soft pastel paintings
Tidemark Gallery
Waldoboro, Maine
October 8 - November 8, 2014
Opening Reception - Saturday, October 11 from 5 to 7 pm
Please join us!
Moon Rise, soft pastel on panel, 16 x 16," $800
Hill Farm, oil on panel, 14 x 18," $750
Twilight Passing, oil on panel, 24 x 24," $1200


Rad Art: A Journey Through Radiation Treatment

Published by the American Cancer Society 2012


When I had breast cancer in 2010, painting helped me endure and heal emotionally.  During the time between my diagnosis and the start of radiation, I experienced a rush of powerful emotions,  which I could not always name.  By creating a small painting every day after my treatment, I hoped I would find solace, distraction, and release.  Each five-by-seven-inch spontaneous painting was made in twenty minutes or less. I did not want to think too much. The paintings themselves were not intended to be art per se; rather, the process of creating them was the critical element in my coping strategy.  This sequence of thirty-three paintings, together with corresponding log entries has become a book, published by the American Cancer Society.  The book is available through many distributors online including, and To see a podcast interviewing me about the book, go to:


* Winner of the Gold Medal in the Book Category at the 2012 Association TRENDS All Media Contest, sponsored by Association  

  TRENDS, a division of Columbia Books


* Named one of four finalists in the Women's Issues Category of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards by the

  Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group 


* 2013 USA Best Books Awards: WINNER: Women's Issues and FINALIST: Health - Cancer

Cancer Savvy Blog/MaineHealth

At the invitation of MaineHealth's Learning Resource Center, I have written a related short piece for their Cancer

Savvy blog (4/10/14), which is posted under "survivor stories" here: 



Audio Podcast - The Dr. Lisa Radio Hour

from 6/30/13, available through iTunes


If you or a loved one has cancer, there is a lot of information on this show about client

services and resources from the American Cancer Society.  In the second portion of

the show, I am interviewed about my book, Rad Art, as an example of using creativity

to help navigate the cancer journey.


These painting images are available as limited edition fine art prints through the " Giclée Prints" page.

Sea Gold on Lobster Cove
Marsh Notes
Sasanoa River Buoy
Sail Play
Sun at the Island Inn
Cathedral Lights



Future soft pastel class and workshop offerings will be posted here.

 If you are interested in a pastel workshop for your group, whether
studio or plein air, please let me know.

As Summer wanes . . .

Golden Marsh, oil on panel SOLD
Light Beyond, oil on panel SOLD
Autumn Sail, oil on panel SOLD
Eastern Headlands, oil on panel SOLD
Shore Shadows, oil on panel SOLD
Moss Quilt, Cthedral Woods, 6 x 6", $160

For many more images, please click buttons on navigation bar at top.