Sally Ryan (b. 1964) upon leaving school in 1981 completed a two year Certificate in Graphic Design at Randwick Technical College followed by a Diploma of Education. After working as a teacher, marrying and starting a family she spent some time creating ceramic works inspired by time spent in Italy and won several prizes in that medium and was commissioned to paint a number of commemorative plates for various institutions. In 2008 she taught art at Sydney Grammar School. An increasing interest in drawing and painting led her to enrol in a class at Julian Ashton. The school was a perfect fit for the type of work she wanted to produce and she increased her attendance there and won a full time scholarship for 2010. Since starting at Julian Ashton she has had three works hung in the Mortimore prize, one in the Portia Geach and undertaken several commissions. Her particular interests are portraiture and still life.