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My work relies on close observation of the local, the ordinary and the often overlooked, including roadsides, fields, edges of parking lots, and fence lines. I work outdoors in my sketchbooks in both ink and watercolour. My on location sketches are integral to my process. They inform and underpin everything I paint. They allow me to get to know and to understand my subject so that once back in my studio I am free to play, imagine and create.
I work in a non-staining transparent watercolour triad because it allows me to glaze several layers to achieve both intensity and saturation while at the same time maintaining luminosity.
My painting, Unlikely Places, is based on roadside observations.
About the Artist
Susan is a life long resident of London Ontario where she lives with her husband, Brian. She is both a mother and a grandmother. Before her retirement, she was a teacher with the Thames Valley District School Board. Susan, a self-taught artist, has taken classes and workshops with local, regional and international artists.
Susan began to paint in earnest 15 years ago, when she decided to take early retirement from teaching. She painted and sketched daily in her sketchbooks, drawing weeds and wildflowers growing wherever she could find them.
Her work has been juried into several exhibitions, including venues in Toronto, St. Thomas, Bright’s Grove, Owen Sound, Grand Bend, and Brantford and some of her paintings have earned awards. She had paintings curated into two Centennial Exhibitions at Brescia University College. The exhibition showcased the work of 10 artists from London and region, including Group of Seven member, A.J. Casson. Her work has been included in online exhibitions including the Selected Works of Members of OSA and the 95th International Open Water exhibition of CSPWC.
Susan has been a juried participant in both The London Artists’ Studio Tour, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020 and The Stratford Studio Tour 2017, 2018. She has been elected to the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the Colour and Form Society and to The Ontario Society of Artists.
Susan continues to experiment and play daily in her studio and on location.