"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 plein air!  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.

Susan’s 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 written a book about Portrait Therapy to published by Jessica Kingsley (2018), and an exhibition of these portraits called “Paint me this way!” was held at Swindon Museum and Art Gallery on 12 July – 10 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 arts-in-health practitioner and an art therapist.

Pricing for en plein air oil paintings is worked out according to size:  
7x5 ins = £150
6x8 ins = £195
8x10 ins = £250
10x12 ins = £295
16x12 ins = £495
31x23 ins = £900
Pricing for other sizes, commissions and portraits by request.  


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