I specialise in portraiture and illustration. I exhibit regularly as a member of Oxford Art Society, take part in Oxfordshire Artweeks annually and have been selected to exhibit with The Royal Society of Portrait Painters. I exhibit frequently in local galleries.
I enjoy exploring the human narrative through portraiture; noting the many subtle details that characterise humanity in any given moment. Showing part of a face or an interaction creates a range of narratives and ways of seeing. I notice how the subtle ways in which we look, speak and gesture can give a range of fleeting impressions to the observer - the angle of a head, the position of a hand. Through these I tell a story to which the onlooker adds their own.
I am particularly drawn to the stories hidden in our local environment of tree, copse, land and sky. I enjoy watching the slow interaction between trees and the way they settle in the landscape. Using ink techniques, I explore the atmosphere of this environment in all its woody detail, linking tree to sky, creating a sense of slow history. I also aim to capture the movement and character of birds and animals (often threatened species) which live in our wooded environments and skies, using both graphite and etching techniques.
Sue is happy to accept commissions.