Born in Stockton, California, Sally French settled in San Francisco, where she was a founding member of the Goodman Group, comprised of thirty artists, who turned The 1904 Goodman Building into artist live/work studios with Landmark status, saving it from demolition. The subsequent Goodman Building 2 became the first subsidized artist live/work space in the Bay Area.
In 1976 French joined artists from where she taught children's art classes at the Academy of Arts and painted faux finishes and murals for notable Honolulu hotels and private homes. In 1982, she married her partner of 39 years and moved to Kauai. They now reside on the island of Kauai with their grown son, daughter and her fiancee and grand daughter.
was at the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu curated by director Fritz Frauchiger which was followed by an invitation to the 3rd Biannial by Lead Curator, James Jensen.
French has taught art in the San Francisco Unified School District and lectured as a visiting artist at Print Press, Denton, TX; Denver School for the Arts; the Art Institute of Chicago; Eastern Illinois University, as well as teaching at Penland School of Crafts, Asheville, NC; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI and Maui Arts and Culture Center, Wailuku, HI.
A longtime exhibiting artist with over 35 solo shows, her paintings, prints, photographs and installations have been exhibited in over 40 group shows; including the catalogued national traveling exhibit “Comic Release” curated by Barbara Bloemink and Vicky Clark; “Pop!” at Heidi Cho Gallery, NYC and “Paper Now!” at I Space Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Known for her dark humor and exploration of diverse materials, French now focuses on her painting and hosting artist in her Double Dog Dare studio. Most recently, the Hawaii State Foundation on the Culture and the Arts acquired their 37th painting by awarding her Covid Princess Series their 2021 Acquisition Award.