Sally Goodden BA (Hons)
Sally Goodden is a professional animal artist. Having grown up on a butterfly farm she has always been passionate about nature. With a BA (Hons) Degree in Scientific Illustration she worked for many years as a freelance illustrator for publishers such as Usborne, Kingfisher and Harper Collins.
Leading on from creating extremely detailed illustrations for nature books, Sally has since developed a looser more energetic style, adding extra vibrancy to her larger wildlife art and animal portrait commissions.
Sally specialises in painting animal portraits. Capturing the animal’s energy and character in the eyes is the key focus, and Sally discusses colours and styles with each client to create a beautiful work of art tailored exactly to them. To enjoy some of her animal portraits see the Contemporary Pet Gallery or if you would like to find out more about commissioning your own animal portrait go to Commission Me.
Art Classes & Painting Nights
Here are some photos from a 2 hour evening at Bay Leaves Larder with chilli and wine, painting a moon-gazing hare – just look at all the concentrating, then happy faces with fabulous results!
In 2016 Sally was chosen to paint a zebra sculpture for Marwell’s Zany Zebras sculpture trail. Over 100 brightly coloured and uniquely designed Grevy’s zebra sculptures were placed throughout the streets of Southampton for the Summer, and then auctioned at the end to raise money for Grevy’s zebras in Africa.
The local radio station, Wave 105, held a children’s competition to design their zebra and Daniel Granger’s half zebra/half giraffe creation, named Zeffe, was chosen. Sally’s job was to recreate this on a large sculpture (and a mini Zeffe that went on display at Marwell).
Sally also painted the half-sized ‘Black, white and read all over’ zebra for the Daily Echo newspaper.
Recently Sally illustrated a children’s book about a little boy who needed to learn more manners to meet the queen.
Raleigh International Artist
And this is where the murals really started a very long time ago! Travel has always been a great passion, during which Sally has gathered reference for many of her paintings and drawings. In Ghana, West Africa, she was the Expedition Artist for the charity Raleigh International, motivating the volunteers to paint educational murals in expedition-built schools, latrines and a day care centre.
Nature at the Core
Nature is Sally’s constant source of inspiration. She lives in Chandler’s Ford, near Winchester, Hampshire, with her husband and two children who have also caught the nature bug.
“In an age when so much wildlife is threatened – from large mammals through to tiny insects – I am passionate about highlighting and celebrating the wonder and beauty of animals and plants through art.”
Sally’s original paintings are hung regularly each year in wildlife art exhibitions. She sells her art at regular art markets and events. These range from original art, to prints, greetings cards, lampshades, cushion covers, placemats and coasters – something to suit every budget and all available here in her online shop.