Sally Vannoy grew up on a horse ranch in Montana and has ridden horses and had an affinity for animals since a young child.  Drawing has always been second nature to Sally.  She has been drawing since she could hold a pencil.  Her paintings and drawings include horses, wildlife and the natural landscape.  “I like to think of my paintings as a journal of my life.  I paint my actual experiences and adventures.  This brings a real connection to each painting because the stories and feelings from these experiences are reflected in each piece.”

Sally designed and built her studio in the Flathead Valley in Northwest Montana.  The pristine setting of towering mountain ranges, rivers and lakes and an abundance of wildlife provide endless inspiration for her work.  Glacier National Park is a short distance away and a place where she spends a lot of time hiking and painting en plein air.

A pivotal point in Sally’s life and career was when she moved to the Wind River Valley in Wyoming for 4 years for her husband’s work.  Although being an accomplished draftsman, painting was a new endeavor.  In Wyoming, Sally met some of the country’s premiere western artists whom she now calls mentors and friends.  With no formal training, her mentors saw her raw talent and drawing ability and honed her painting skill. 

Sally’s works can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the country.  Her work has been exhibited at Hockaday Museum of Art, the Briscoe Western Art Museum, C.M. Russell Museum and numerous galleries including Settler’s West, Coeur d’ Alene Galleries and Samarah.  Her work has been featured in assorted National publications with Southwest Art magazine deeming her an artist to “buy now”.  Sally has also won multiple awards with “Best in Show- Patron’s Choice” being among her favorites.

In 2017 Sally was honored to be accepted into the prestigious Society of Animal Artists straight to signature status.  In a brief amount of time Sally’s work and reputation have grouped her among the countries top emerging artists.  Her love for animals and the environment are gracefully depicted in oils on canvas. 

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Painting in Glacier National Park

Painting in Glacier National Park

Painting at Lake Josephine

Painting at Lake Josephine

It was such an honor to be contacted by Southwest Art magazine for an article featuring me and my work in their January 2018 issue.  Thank you to Kim and everyone that works so hard at Southwest Art magazine.  I appreciate your support!

It was a pleasant surprise to pick up my copy of the Flathead Beacon and find that they had placed my painting, “Portrait” on the cover of their special Fall Arts Issue. They also had a wonderfully written article accurately portraying me and my work. Thank you to Molly and the amazing crew at the Beacon!


It's a privilege to be a signature member in the prestigious Society of Animal Artists. Please visit their website for additional information on this wonderful organization at:

My painting, We Three Kings received the prestigious “Patron’s Choice Award” at the Timeless Legacy- Peace Park show! This historical event took place at The Hockaday Museum of Art in August and will remain hanging through November 2018.

I felt incredibly honored that this piece was so well received by the patrons. I am humbled and grateful. Thank you!