Sally King McBride 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.
Dream destination: Palm Springs, CA
Magical place: Sydney
Ideal dinner date: Steve Martin
Favorite album: “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)
Favorite foods: Chocolate. Chip. Cookies.
Power color: Pink in every shade
Beach or mountains: Mountains
Inspiration: Nature and cities—especially where they intersect
Prized possession: Water Wipes, enabling toddlers and a professional artist to happily cohabitate
Preferred sign-off? My written signature, which has been the same since grade school
Etiquette tip: Write thank-you notes! (With the added boost of having drafted them professionally for years at The Met.)
Writing utensil: 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: Flowers
Hidden talent: Playing the handbells
Perfect cup of joe: Iced!
Childhood dream job? An architect
Creative fuel: 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.