Art Foundation of Desert Hot Springs


Artist Profile: Sallé

Sallé is the AFDHS Artist of the Month for October, 2015

Sallé is a diversely talented and dedicated, emerging artist and has brought a fresh and exciting energy to our organization and the desert art scene.
She attends all of our Public Action Meetings and she frequently attends city council and art commission meetings. We were proud to present her and her work at the “On the Town with Desert Hot Springs” event on September 26th. Sallé is valuable and unique member of our creative community in Desert Hot Springs.

We also think her art is HOT—a serious talent to watch for in the coming months.

Sallé is a Visual Artist in Desert Hot Springs, CA




Born Sallé Kirby in New Jersey she has been a California resident since the ’80s, with some 20 years in LA and the last 6 years in the Coachella Valley.  Currently residing in Desert Hot Springs and devoted to a full-time art career, Sallé is starting to get noticed in the local art scene.

“As a child, I learned to see my subjects and reproduce their likeness. As an adult, I’ve learned to intertwine what I see with what I feel.”

– Sallé, The Standard Magazine, 2015

Sallé is primarily a self-taught artist, although she is taking some courses at the College of the Desert and the odd pottery class. She says her greatest challenge as an artist is transitioning from a 9 to 5 lifestyle with a degree of security to putting “250% into what I know is my destiny.”


The Standard Magazine
: Local Art Redefined, Featured with 4 other artists, no by line, no dateline

“Sallé’s work is an explosive layering of vibrant, bold, intense color. Her brush stokes are reminiscent of Post Impressionist like Vincent van Gogh and Edward Munch.”

— The Standard

CV Weekly: Feature Story with Interview, May 21, 2015 at 2:13 am | by Monica MoronesSalle-1

“When she speaks about art you can tell it flows through every fiber of her being.  Her pieces are evocative; some having political and social issues and some more personal, always with her bright abstract touch.”

— Monica Morones for the CV Weekly

Local ExhibitionsSalle-4

Michael H. Lord Gallery in Palm Springs, CA

J. Willott Gallery on El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA

Mark H. Arts Center, Palm Desert, CA

Venus Studio Gallery in Palm Desert, CA

Academic Achievements

LQAF Visual Arts Scholarship

Sallé has received this scholarship for several years and was featured in an LQAF Scholarship Spotlight post on Jul 30, 2015


  • Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor painting
  • Photography, printmaking, and photo-based digital art
  • Currently exploring ceramics and sculpture

Artistic Style

“Expressive Impressionism is an accurate description of [this] self-taught artist…”

— The Standard Magazine, 2015


“I’m a little bit of this and little bit of that. I don’t want to be placed in a box because I like to play with different materials and I’m constantly learning.”

Sallé, CV Weekly, May 21st, 2015

“Impressionism is certainly applicable to her technique but I think her use of photographic sources as reference material  and her lifelong experience with and love of photography gives her brushed artwork a realism and depth that goes beyond impressionism.  The adherence to true physical structures grounds you as your eyes scan wildly through the spectrum of emotion, color and stroke floating over the realistic human and natural forms below; it’s like she’s showing you the aura or the chi of her subjects emanating from their physical bodies.”

Brown Miller, AFDHS Media Director and Blog Editor

Image Gallery

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