abstract landscape painting

Salliann Putman NEAC RWS


Artist Statement

Salliann Putman has always been driven to paint. She describes herself as an intuitive painter, seeking to express her feelings. Subject matter is of little importance, it is the abstract qualities of colour, mark and space that are the real content of the work. Her inspiration comes from those artists who ‘give life to painting’ – Pierre Bonnard, Richard Diebenkorn, Nicolas de Staël, William Scott and Mark Rothko.

Method of Working

‘A constant search - an endless journey’ is how Salliann describes her endeavours. She enters her studio with an attitude of ‘not knowing’, prepared to take risks. She believes that there is little point in repeating what you know you can do. Technique is of little consequence – each brushstroke is a first – an expression of something deep within. Her inspiration comes from observation, memory, imagination, and most of all from her emotions. When Salliann begins a work she has no idea how the finished piece will look, for constant alterations and adjustments are made. Areas may be painted out, concealing or partly revealing what has gone before. She works on a series of pieces at a time, allowing them to ‘speak’ to each other. One of her biggest challenges is knowing when a work is complete – when it has energy and life and the feeling that led to its making.

Biographical details

1987 onwards - Painting Courses at Philipps House, Wiltshire and at Dedham Hall, Essex
1988-93 West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham, Honours Degree in Fine Art
1960-88 Art Teacher, London Schools & Coworth Park School, Sunningdale


Other Society Memberships

Royal Watercolour Society (RWS), Small Paintings Group

Scholarships, Awards & Prizes

2015 Trevor Frankland Prize, Royal Watercolour Society
2014 Critics’ Prize, New English Open
2006 Alresford Gallery Award, New English Open
2003 Green and Stone Award, Chelsea Art Society
1993 Royal Watercolour Society Award, Open Exhibition
1990 Chris Beetles Award, Royal Watercolour Society Open Exhibition
1989 Willi Hoffmann Guth Award, Pastel Society

Past Exhibitions

Barney’s Gallery, Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
Rowley Gallery, London then Winchester
W. H. Patterson’s, London
New Grafton Gallery, Barnes
Russell Gallery, Putney
Geedon Gallery, Colchester
Hilton Fine Art, Bath
RA Summer Exhibition


The New English (represented in, 2006) by Kenneth McConkey, ISBN 1903973988
The Watercolour Expert ISBN 1844031497 
Watercolour Masters Then and Now ISBN 9781844034475
Watercolour Secrets ISBN 9781408184271