Sally Maxwell

Fading, Clearwater River Wild Cutthroat, Pitt Pens on Claybord, 24″ x 36″

Sally Maxwell
( b. 1946)


Sally has worked in scratchboard for more than 52 years, in 47 using color in the medium. She is recognized by the International Society of Scratchboard Artists as a Master, and through her association with Ampersand Art Materials, has taught a generation of artists how to use the medium. Her work is found in collections internationally and in the following galleries: Manitou Galleries, Santa Fe, NM: Marcus Ashley Gallery, South Lake Tahoe, CA; Maxwell’s Art Gallery, Round Top, TX; Mountain Trails Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY. 

Artist's Statement:

My art has evolved and matured as I have over the last 52 years. First, I was just an illustrator doing reproductions realistically using black and white scratchboard. Reality is still my style, but I now search for a soul in my subjects and a message in my depictions. Observing nature was my education and pushing my medium beyond its limits became my goal. Above accomplishing that I have educated a generation on the techniques used in the medium and hopefully passed on my passion. Now I feel as if I am a true artist who speaks with her work. 


Master Member of International Society of Scratchboard Artists; Master-Signature Member of American Women Artists; Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists; Artists Changing Tomorrow


Manitou Galleries
Santa Fe, N

Marcus Ashley Gallery
South Lake Tahoe, CA

Maxwell’s Art Gallery
Round Top, TX

Mountain Trails Gallery
Jackson Hole, WY

Lovetts Gallery
Tulsa, OK

Winning the Purchase Award has such enormous significance for me, it’s every artist’s dream to be in a museum and my work, Lee’s Ferry Landing, will be at the Tucson Desert Art Museum for as long as I live. I’m so thankful to the American Women Artists for that opportunity.”

— Lili Ann Laurin
AWA Artists, AZ