Sally Loughridge Studio

Inspired by nature's beauty, power, and mystery


I am a visually oriented person. In the several books I have authored or co-authored, I have always used art as a central mode of expression and communication.  When I was a practicing child psychologist, together with two colleagues, we incorporated many children's drawings in three children's books on family change.In the last three years I have written and illustrated two further books, which are described below. 

One of these earlier books with colleagues, was reissued in 2019 by a Russian publishing company. This is the Russian cover for "Changing Families."
All the drawings in the book were made by our child clients in psychotherapy.

Daniel and His Starry Night Blanket

A Story of Illness and Sibling Love

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2015 National Gold Medal Winner of the Gelett Burgess Children's Book Award
 in the Lifestyle Emotions and Feelings Category
2015 Honorable Mention in the New England Book Festival
in the Children's Books Category
2016 Finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards
in the Children's Book Categories 0 to 5 and 6 and Up
2016 Literary Classics International Seal of Approval
2016 Literary Classics International Book Awards Gold Medal in Picture Book/Preschool Category
2016 Best Book Awards Finalist in Children's Picture Books Soft Cover Fiction

My children's picture book, Daniel and His Starry Night Blanket: A Story of Illness and Sibling Love, is now available on this website through the PayPal button above,, www.maineauthorspublishing, and other online distributors. It is becoming available in brick and mortar bookstores.  The tale of a young child whose older sister has cancer, the book chronicles the boy's development and relationship with his sister as the family confronts this health challenge together.

I have been awarded a Project Grant by the Maine Arts Commission in support of the recent publication of the bookThe Maine Arts Commission is an independent state agency supported by the National endowment for the Arts. Project Grants are designed to assist artists with the creation of new work and the continuation of existing arts programs. I have also raised funds toward the book’s production and publication through, a micro-philanthropy platform for artists seeking support for their creative projects. My warm thanks to MAC and all the contributors through HatchFund.

In the midst of such an unfamiliar situation, younger siblings of an ill child often feel left out, angry, sad, scared, guilty, and envious.  My book is a resource for families with young children on such a journey through life-threatening pediatric illness. Here is my guest blog for CancerSavvy, a service of MaineHealth's Cancer Resource Center.  Click here. 

Health writer and journalist Diane Atwood presents the book in her blog, CatchingHealth:

Reviewer Patricia Tilton endorses the book in her blog, Children's Books Heal, with a stream of thoughtful comments by readers:

Rad Art

A Journey Through Radiation Treatment

Published by the American Cancer Society 2012


When I had breast cancer in 2010, painting helped me endure and heal emotionally.  During the time between my diagnosis and the start of radiation, I experienced a rush of powerful emotions,  which I could not always name.  By creating a small painting every day after my treatment, I hoped I would find solace, distraction, and release.  Each five-by-seven-inch spontaneous painting was made in twenty minutes or less. I did not want to think too much. The paintings themselves were not intended to be art per se; rather, the process of creating them was the critical element in my coping strategy.  This sequence of thirty-three paintings, together with corresponding log entries has become a book, published by the American Cancer Society.  The book is available through many distributors online including, and To see a podcast interviewing me about the book, go to:


* Winner of the Gold Medal in the Book Category at the 2012 Association TRENDS All Media Contest, sponsored by  

   Association TRENDS, a division of Columbia Books


* Named one of four finalists in the Women's Issues Category of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards by the

  Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group 


* 2013 USA Best Books Awards: WINNER: Women's Issues and FINALIST: Health - Cancer

Cancer Savvy Blog/MaineHealth

At the invitation of MaineHealth's Learning Resource Center, I have written a related short piece for their Cancer

Savvy blog (4/10/14), which is posted under "survivor stories" here: 



Audio Podcast - The Dr. Lisa Radio Hour

from 6/30/13, available through iTunes


If you or a loved one has cancer, there is a lot of information on this show about client

services and resources from the American Cancer Society.  In the second portion of

the show, I am interviewed about my book, Rad Art, as an example of using creativity

to help navigate the cancer journey.