We recently spent the morning with talented abstract artist, Sally King Benedict. The southern belle generously welcomed us into her beautiful home in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Filled with vintage treasures, modern art and an envy worthy Moroccan wedding blanket, we were mesmerized by the decor. After studying art at the College of Charleston, Sally quickly gained attention from interior designers and art collectors with her vibrant and colorful work and has since appeared in various national print publications including House Beautiful. Follow Sally’s blog for updates on her work and shows.
When did your interest in art begin? From the moment I can remember liking anything. My parents have always had interesting art in the house, so I was drawn to it immediately.
Do you ever seek inspiration for your work on the web? If so what are some of your favorite sites? There is inspiration virtually everywhere for me. I love Pinterest for an overall fix. Too many to name!
How has the South influenced your personal & artistic style? Being from the South and living in the South has made me appreciate the importance of keeping tradition and exuding grace. For a woman and her style, I think the most important thing is confidence. I definitely feel the most confident when I look classic and comfortable — a perfect southern combination. My artistic style encompasses the way I see beautiful things for the most part, so the influence of southern landscapes, architecture, and people are ever prominent in my work.
We adore your use of color and the color combinations in your work, do you have any favorites for fall? Seasonal color combinations happen subconsciously in my work, and I think its definitely in part because I’m tuned into what my wardrobe will entail for the upcoming season. My favorites for fall are: citron/nude, poppy red/camel, black/blue, and white/nude.
Do you have any advice on how to turn a passion such as art or design into a career? My advice would be to utilize connections, ask for help, know your market, and be patient. Taking risks will pay off eventually if the talent is there.
Can you offer our readers any advice on hanging artwork and incorporating it into their interior design? I would first advise to buy artwork that you immediately love no matter if you have the perfect place or not…you will find a spot, trust me. Hanging is key, so never do this alone! You must measure twice, hammer once. There is nothing worse than a beautiful piece of art hung too high or too low.
What are 5 things you’re looking forward to this fall ? Comfy Sweaters, setting up a new studio, morning jogs, cozy dinner parties, and down time.