Featured Artist Sally Smith

Artist Sally Smith shares a wonder and delight in nature through her environmental art. Enjoy her work and see more by visiting her website.


Emerald Moss House


I create my sculptures year-round in the richly textured landscape of the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York. Working in the moment with materials I find in nature the finished pieces have a sense of unity and harmony, as if they belong to the land which formed them.


Golden Birch House


And yet, there is a spiritual quality present in the works as well that often hints of worlds beyond everyday perceptions.


Sacred Spiral


My work moves along two parallel paths of exploration and expression. The ephemeral site-specific compositions, are generally made with what I find nearby and are constructed without glue. When finished, I take the photos and walk away.


Reeds and Feathers Arch


Being 100% natural, they will eventually return to the earth – in a season, a day or perhaps just a few hours. Each image is a record of these conversations with the landscape and represents actual structures made in situ, not Photoshop tricks. Changing seasons bring fresh adventures, and new discoveries.


Chapel Pond Spiral


Next, I bring the best materials and lessons back from the forest into the studio where I create my more elaborate miniature houses which are highly detailed and deeply rooted in the natural world. I find satisfaction in resolving certain engineering challenges such as how to make fully functional doors from tiny twigs or ‘stained-glass’ windows from Dragonfly or Butterfly wings.


Garden Hut


The quest becomes to work as if magic is real, childhood is not lost and the sense of refuge and tranquility inside a sacred structure can be attained in the smallest of spaces. Each dwelling is a micro-architectural jewel and a labor of love, designed to become a Hermitage for the Soul.


Dragon Castle Door


My images are licensed with calendar companies and I have my own line of greetings cards, fine art prints on paper and canvas and books which can be found on my website. I am also available for commissions and installations for both the environmental as well as Faerie house sculptures.


Leaf Dancers


  1. These are just gorgeous. It brings me right back to childhood and all of my fantastical imaginings. Love, love, love!

  2. WOW – I love your work Sally! I TOO love the spiritual quality of some of the images! Love the swirl on the water… and the flower stems coming up out of the water!! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. Thank you Sue and Sarah for the kind feedback. Yes, it is such a joy to be able to do this work and share it with others. Spring is now returning to the landscape here and I can’t wait to get out and start making more sculptures and taking photos! Thanks so much for taking the time to write…very much appreciated!

  4. These are beautiful! I love that last one where the light from the sun gives an additional beauty. Gorgeous art.

  5. Adorable! Love your thinking!


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