Salliann studied Fine Art at the West Surrey College of Art and Design, where she gained an honours degree.
Subject matter in Salliann's work is far less important to her than the abstract qualities of the painting itself. She is preoccupied with space, mark and colour.
The inspiration for her work may come from visual or emotional experience and memory and imagination play their part in the creative process. She says of her work, 'As soon as I make a mark or places a colour, then the painting has its own life and makes its own demands. It is my concern as a painter to respond to these demands.'