Susan began painting after finding some paints her children had left out. She attended classes, collected enough art reference books and magazines to fill a library, concentrated on acrylics and exhibited her work, having her first solo exhibition in 2004. It was a success. One visitor was Philippa Stewart-Hall, a member of the Australian Society of Miniature Art (NSW), who was so impressed by some of Susan’s smaller works that she suggested Susan apply for membership of that Society. This she subsequently did, and was pleased when accepted following her first application! She is also now an exhibiting member of ASMA (Tasmania) and ASMA (Victoria), as well as Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby Art Societies.
Having become a member of ASMA, Susan felt she should learn more about miniatures and their history, and how she could further her development in this particular field, so, enrolled in “miniature” classes with graphic designer and miniaturist, Tina Spira.
Susan has attended classes and workshops with Paul Miller, Patrick Carroll, Madeleine Szymanski and recently Terry Jarvis. She now works in a variety of media: graphite, charcoal, watercolour, collage, in addition to acrylics. She still paints large pictures! Susan collects unusual items for reference – dried seedpods, stones – and uses her photographs as “aide-mémoires”.
Susan’s latest achievements in 2018, were first prize and Joan Irwin Prize for Miniatures at the Ku-ring-gai Art Society Annual Awards for her painting “The Bend Ahead” and The Yvonne Perrin Award for Best Traditional Painting at the ASMA Annual Awards for her painting “Coastal Fringe” where she also received a Highly Commended for her drawing “You Spoke?”. Susan also received Commended in the Drawing section of this year’s Lane Cove Art Society Awards and Exhibition for “Welcome to My Sofa II”.
Susan stopped work in 2012, and now concentrates on family, garden and painting.