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Taking up painting in 1997, Susan’s significant milestones and influences have arisen from her thirst for creative expression through the visual world in painting styles of different genres. Her passion for the works of European modern masters Modigliani and Cezanne was the stimulus for informed creative exploration of colour effects and mood in her artworks. Progressing her style, Susan embraced the influence of abstraction via her study of the works of Picasso, Klee, Kandinsky and Miro. Her focus then shifted to study of the Expressionist works of Australian artists Fred Williams, John Olsen and William Robinson. Of utmost significance to Susan, however was her study of the work of Surrealist artist James Gleeson, whose work she describes as being heavily influential on her earlier landscapes.
Susan's most recent body of work embraces the rejection of traditional realist perspectives. With further development and concerted study, Susan has embraced the Naïve painting style for her body of work inspired by her family story sourced from a multi-generational photo album. The shared exhibition of these new works, titled “Journey Through Life & Nature”, was held at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery in September 2017.
Following on from the success of her 2017 exhibition, Susan is working on touring the exhibition and developing a book of short stories with an author to accompany her beautiful works. Additionally, she is focused on teaching classes and exhibiting as part of her representation with Fraser Coast Art Gallery and Academy.