Susie grew up in Glynde with parents and grandparents who farmed the Lewes Brooks along the Ouse and the Downs around Glynde; and while she knows these areas well, every season still seems to bring new and exciting surprises each year and that’s one of the things that keeps her painting.
She has spent years paddling, walking and drawing up in the ‘Wilderness’ on the Ouse, the Brooks and around Glynde, closely observing the seasonal changes. It is these shifts in mood that she tries to capture through the play of colour and light, the stillness of winter, the chaos of spring and the intensity of high summer. More recently she has started painting the Lakes at Glyndebourne and has enjoyed getting to know the Lakes during winter.
Susie starts by making lots of rapid studies either on foot or from her canoe, which she works on in the studio before moving onto the paintings. She tries to keep her work fresh and fluid by having a lot of paintings on the go; it stops her getting too tied up with one painting. Susie likes the informality of working small, having lots on the go and having to finish each mini collection quickly in order to keep up with the season’s changes.
Susie went to St Martins School of Art in London where she got her BA hons 2.1 Fine Art Painting degree and then continued at Brighton Art School to do an MA in Fine Art and a PGCE.