Sue Side, Artist
I specialise in illustration and portraiture. I exhibit regularly as a member of The 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 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.
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.