Susan has been painting for nearly 15 years and her contemporary mixed media and watercolour paintings of landscapes and nature studies are influenced by her lifelong interest in botany, gardening, nature and the landscape. They portray her love of the local environment, her special places and the pollinators that inhabit them. Bees, butterflies, wild flowers and birds are other favourite subjects as they are so much part of, and vital to, our environment.
SUSAN’S PROCESS AND ETHOS
Susan works on varying surfaces and uses several media inc. watercolour, inks, acrylics, oils, oil and soft pastels and collage. Her work often also includes natural materials, which are squirrelled away in flower presses and albums to sometimes find their way into paintings!
Her process is slow and considered, building up layers of colour and texture. A recurring theme in her work is the natural boundaries and human boundaries that border our landscapes…..fences, gates, hedges, ditches, field margins. Sometimes these are invitations and sometimes these are barriers; irrespective of this Susan's paintings aim to take you inside these precious landscapes and convey the energy, colour and inspiration they bring into our lives.
Her other loves include art history, theatre, reading and anything messy and creative! This year she is experimenting with handmade prints to include in her paintings.
In 2018, Susan was a featured artist in the Oxford Mail’s coverage of Oxfordshire Artweeks. In 2019, she entered a competition to exhibit at The National Trust’s Claydon House and was included in their first exhibition in a wonderful gallery setting. In the same year, she was offered a joint show at The Cornerstone Art Gallery in Didcot with fellow artist Bee Thomas as part of Oxfordshire Artweeks, but unfortunately had to go into hospital and was therefore unable to participate. The offer remains open.
As part of Oxfordshire Artweeks, she was invited to exhibit at Earth Trust’s wonderful Fison’s Barn near Wallingford in 2018 and was accepted as part of a Bee Exhibition at the new Bee House building in Milton Park, Oxfordshire in 2022. The lapse in recent activity has been due to Covid and her having to shield, but as Covid eases both her enthusiasm and time in the studio has increased.