I have been drawing and painting all my life and have developed several different techniques, which make art accessible to a wide variety of people. My work includes original evocative pencil, pen and watercolours of the local buildings, churches and landscapes surrounding us in Shropshire, countryside animals and fish and intricate designs incorporating children’s names. These are available as originals, prints and cards.
I work and teach Chinese Brush painting. The oldest painting art form in the world. The work reflects the beauty of nature it’s insects, flowers, plants and landscape. Using simple brush strokes to speak volumes. The paintings are done on Xuan paper and mounted in a traditional style.
I am primarily inspired by colour and the concept of light on colours. Through my work, I explore combinations of colours, shades and tones using a variety of medium. In fact it is the variety of techniques, materials and tools with which that interest me. I work with enamels and metals to create unique pieces of jewellery and figures. I work with wool to create felted pictures. I work with glass to create leaded and copper foil stained glass pictures and sun catchers.
As you might expect from someone who spent their childhood in Cornwall, my art is mostly inspired by nature, whether it be wildlife, the sea or a beautiful landscape. I am also known for my commission work as a pet portrait artist, which demands a keen eye to capture a pet’s true likeness and character. Much of my work displays detailed realism, particularly my paintings of animals and birds, however, I also like to adopt a looser style when the mood takes me. I work in acrylics, pastels or watercolour, choosing the medium I think will work best with my subject or vice versa.
Textile design and paint combine to produce a vibrant and contemporary collection. My work begins with sketchbook studies whilst out and about, which are then developed back in the studio to create works that have a sense of place and time, allowing each viewer to experience a different view. Many works are also available as affordable, limited edition prints, greeting cards, cushions, coasters etc.
My jewellery is crafted from sparkling sterling silver with splashes of luxurious gold and gemstones. I design and make eclectic pieces for strong, free spirits who appreciate the beauty of nature and aren’t slaves to the latest trend. I am inspired by the surrounding Shropshire countryside and all things nature. My handmade jewellery is giftable and wearable for any occasion.
Sue began designing and making jewellery during her Fine Arts degree and was lucky enough to spend her final year at The Rhode Island School of Design. She believes that this dichotomy in her training, both in Southern France and North America drives the inspiration for her eclectic body of work. She explores the complex relationships between the organic, natural world and industrial materials used in metal work. ‘Petrifying’ the natural by casting tiny bramble leaves and the amorphous curling vines into the stricture of metal as in her Bramble Neckpiece and Medusa rings or domesticating the industrial by turning forged pencils with their sharpenings and miniaturised cutlery into wearable jewellery. As an artist Sue has exhibited internationally through various media, from a painting in The Royal Academy to an installation at the Palais de Beaux Arts, Toulouse and most excitingly, an original 4m sq. canvas mounted on a publicity board by the side of the French Autoroute.
The School of Master Jewellers is an association of student and professional jewellery makers and designers based in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.
I work with found objects that have a history using them to create assemblages, dioramas and mosaics. I try to use objects that have a certain age and history and the more unusual the better. Old worn toys in particular can suggest various scenarios / dioramas and constructions. I use and collect old glass domes and cases and use old frames as ‘containers’ for my work. I also have a love and interest in natural history, bones and taxidermy which I also use in my work. I hope to place my work in a garden and add a mysterious element to the environment.