ABOUT

Connecticut born,  a sketchbook always in hand, painting and drawing was Sallyanne's (Sal) compulsive passion from a young age. Found at zoos and museums or immersed in books, Sal studied everyone from DaVinci to Rothko to Bob Ross. She began selling portraits at the age of ten. This endeavor evolved into large murals and private commissions sold through college. Sal graduated with a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a focus on painting and drawing. Her academic studies included an internship at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and studies abroad in Cortona, Italy with exhibitions from Italy to the U.S.

 

 

In 2003 Sal moved to Los Angeles and applied her fine arts background to the film industry, becoming a visual effects artist and supervisor. Credits include True Blood, Fast and Furious, Fringe, Once Upon a Time and several awards, including two Emmy nominations.

 

Sal transitioned to directing and most recently was a producer and 2nd unit director on the television show American Gods. Her commercials and short films can be viewed at  www.palopictures.com. Sal's traditional fine arts upbringing is ever present, particularly in film where she believes every frame is a painting.

Additionally, Sal is partners with Jarred Land (CEO of RED Digital Cinema), Francis Kenny ASC, and Richard Crudo ASC in Master Cinematographers, www.mc4.la, a multipurpose company focused on creating revolutionary innovations such as the STEADICAM AIR and the SQUISH. 

The hours spent glued to the window seat from Italy to Morocco, New Zealand to Bali, with countless stops between is an endless source of inspiration for her art, whether it be painted on a canvas or captured with a camera. 

Sal Massimini Self Portait age 11

Self portrait  age eleven.

"Every frame in a film is a painting." 

An evolution of Sal's art, from when she was a child to today.

Below is a combination of childhood portraits, university landscapes and Sal's more recent abstract work.

Sal Massimini portrait age ten
Sal Massimini Yellow Abstract