Sally Bookman is a well-known local artist in Santa Cruz, and Capitola, California, where she has lived since 1974. Over the years, Sally has designed a number of different posters for the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, the Capitola Art &Wine Festival, the Capitola Begonia Festival, and the Wharf-to-Wharf Race. Sally also self published a book called, "Sand Between Your Toes" which features over 200 watercolor vignettes highlighting the unique culture and environment of Santa Cruz County.
In 2006, Sally was voted “Best Visual Artist” by the readers of Good Times newspaper. Sally began her artistic career in London, England, where, as a youth, she studied oil painting at St. Martin’s School of Art and Design. She moved to the United States in her early twenties where she completed her formal academic education at Orange Coast College, Long Beach State University, and at the University of California, Berkeley.
A decade later, after marriage and travel, Sally’s interest in painting was rekindled. However, instead of continuing with oil painting, she began to explore water-based media. Sally's artwork has been exhibited throughout the West in major watercolor shows from California to Louisiana. Her work was included in several shows at the Triton Museum in San Jose, featured on the cover of a national art magazine, published in the calendar, "Celebration of American Women Artists" , included in the book, "Best of Watercolors", and licensed onto notecards, umbrellas and tote bags. She has won many First Place, Second Place and Purchase Award honors. One of her paintings was purchased for the World Trade Center in New Orleans.