Please join us in welcoming new artist Sally King McBride! Sally is a watercolor artist based in New York City, and the Founder of The Letter Nest®, a line of Alphabet and Name Prints for children. For over ten years, she worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, all the while taking commissions for watercolor house portraits, landscapes, and wedding illustrations. She studied Art History at Brown University (B.A.), Columbia University (M.A.), including courses at RISD and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work takes inspiration from a rich artistic vocabulary built over the course of these experiences, and is recognized for its inventiveness, whimsy, and precision.
Sally’s Dogwood Hill holiday artwork takes inspiration from her brand, The Letter Nest; from objects discovered during her time working at The Met; and from motifs she’s honed through years of client commissions. Below you can find some images of Sally’s beautiful artwork in-process as well as our Q&A with Sally.
Palm Springs, CA
Ideal dinner date:
“Details” by Frou Frou
Life changing read:
Goodnight Moon. Currently: as a captivator of small children; Historically: as the first book to teach me what an illustrator was.
Favorite recent film:
Little Women (2019)
Chocolate. Chip. Cookies.
Pink in every shade
Beach or mountains:
Nature and cities—especially where they intersect
Water Wipes, enabling toddlers and a professional artist to happily cohabitate
My written signature, which has been the same since grade school
Write thank-you notes! (With the added boost of having drafted them professionally for years at The Met.)
Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens
Road trip game:
More likely an NYC subway game: spying on what people are reading
Go-to hostess gift:
Playing the handbells
Perfect cup of joe:
Childhood dream job?
Getting lost in my local art supply store
Tool of the trade:
My ability to listen. To my clients, my collaborators—and on balance, my inner critic.
Continue scrolling for the finished products of Sally’s work as well as some of her other holiday designs that appear on our cards. To shop Sally’s artwork in our holiday collection head to our website here.
Photography: Mary Margaret Smith Photography