Sue paints pictures of everyday folk. Taking a lighter look at life, capturing our warmth and humanity. The aim being that you’ll recognise something in the image, like it’s a reflection of someone you know, or a type of person – evoking a sense of the familiar.
The majority of her work is in oil, with just occasional forays into water-based media. In oils Sue starts by drawing with paint, the lines forming part of the finished piece. The same with water-based media, there is no initial drawing – rather Sue says she takes a deep breath and goes straight into the masses with a loaded brush. The focus being on the essence of the image, rather than the finer detail.
All the candid moments captured are of people Sue has seen whilst in her happy place – out and about with sketchbook and camera in hand.
Sue came to art later in life when an illness stopped her in her tracks – going to an Adult Ed Art Class was a way back to herself, and she was blessed with a brilliant mentor who helped her find her ‘thing’. Within two years she started exhibiting and selling.
In recent years she has been a finalist in the Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize 2018 & 2019, the winner of Creates Magazine Emerging Artist Award 2019, and in 2021 was a finalist in the Surrey Artist of the Year Award.