Sally Cleveland is a Portland, Oregon native and a graduate of the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Cleveland has received grants from the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT) and Artists Fellowships, Inc. (New York, NY). She shows regularly in Portland and Seattle galleries, and her work has been included in numerous invitational exhibitions. About her work, Cleveland writes: "I am drawn to sites that I recognize in some instinctive way. I prefer subject matter that is lacking in apparent grace or easy description. My paintings and drawings are an attempt to see past the surface of things."