"I developed a love of portrait painting when I was a teenager, however my journey
as an artist has taken me to many rich and varied areas, including sculpture, illustration, community art, printmaking and mixed media. I have
recently developed a love for painting en
! I enjoy the challenge of
being in the environment of the painting, capturing the scene and my
relationship to it. This is much more spontaneous than painting in the studio
and the paintings retain a freshness".
Susan has recently become interested in using the medium of film and animation as a way to explore how this medium can re-interpret the past and invent a radical new language for the present.
professional journey began with a BA (Hons) degree in Design/Illustration at Swindon
School of Art in the 1990s, followed by two years as Artist in Residence at
Hreod Parkway Secondary School in Swindon. Working with some of the pupils
in the 'Exclusion Unit' Susan began to see how Art could be used as therapy,
and enrolled at the University of Hertfordshire for an MA in Art
Therapy. After qualifying Susan worked for 12 years as an art therapist
at the Prospect Hospice in Swindon and in 2008 returned to university,
this time Loughborough, for a PhD developing an intervention called Portrait Therapy. This is used as a way to help people who
experience life threatening or chronic illnesses or other trauma as a
disruption to their sense of self-identity.
Susan has recently written a book about Portrait Therapy to be published by Jessica Kingsley on 21st
September 2017, and an exhibition of these portraits called “Paint me this
way!” will be held at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery from 12 July – 10 September 2017.
Susan's latest exhibition entitled "Paint me this way!" was at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery, from 11th July - 10th September 2017, this work received a grant from the Arts Council England. Susan has also had her artwork selected and hung in the Royal West of England Academy of
Art open exhibitions, The Pintar Rapido Competition, The Buxton Spa Prize and,
the Norfolk plein air painting
competition - A Brush with the
Broads. Susan continues with her
painting, writing and research projects, as well as painting commission
portraits and working in private practice as an art therapist.
Pricing for en plein air
oil paintings is worked out according to size:
7x5 ins = £95
6x8 ins = £150
8x10 ins = £195
10x12 ins = £250
16x12 ins = £495
31x23 ins = £700
Pricing for other sizes, commissions and portraits by request.