ABOUT SUSAN

ABOUT SUSAN

I am an abstract floral and botanical painter and creative educator living in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia with my husband and two little girls. I live in a glorious 1860‘s Victorian and work out a large studio in the very heart of our home.

I paint primarily in acrylics and mixed media. Our beautiful and ever-changing garden is my constant inspiration and nothing gives me greater joy that working out on the verandah on a fine day while my girls play in the garden.

Artist Statement:
My abstract floral and botanical work seeks to capture and communicate the dynamism and magic of nature through fluid, expressionistic and colourful interpretations of nature’s treasures.  To me colour is medicine and flowers are a universal language of the soul.

I am endlessly fascinated by how art is able to access the parts of ourselves for which we have no words. Painting is, for me, taking a walk with the soul of nature.

Background:
I started out researching, lecturing and tutoring in Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne. But I’ve spent most of my professional life as the designer and owner of the Australian women’s clothing label Manque Design. Most recently I have also spent a lot of time coaching creative professionals to greater business success in my consulting practice Creative Conversation.

But my first and greatest Love is making Art, which I have been doing my entire life.

Since having my first child in 2011, I have devoted increasing amounts of time to painting and in 2016 became a full-time professional painter. I also enjoy the enormous privilege of hosting artist’s retreats in France annually.

Working from my home studio in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, I predominantly sell my work privately and by commission. My paintings are held in private collections in Australia, US, Canada, Germany, Iran, and UK.

CV

2018

Art Retreat | Cagnes Sur Mer | France | September 2018

Group Show | Fabulous Maude | The Lost Ones | Ballarat

2017

Group Show | ART4All | Fairfield Primary School | Melbourne

Group Show | Sheila’s Reclaimed | All Female Artists of Ballarat  | Fairbanks Eye Gallery

Collaborative Exhibition with Photographer Alison Shirley | Nature’s Abstract | Backspace Gallery Ballarat

Publication of Work | Featured Artist |  “Painting the Sacred Within. Art Techniques to Express Your Authentic Inner Voice” by Faith Evans Sills and Mati Rose McDonough | North Light Books | 2017

2016

Group Show | Postcards from Ballarat | Backspace Gallery, Art Gallery of Ballarat

Group Show | TreeART | Backspace Gallery| Art Gallery of Ballarat

Group Show | ART4All | Fairfield Primary School | Melbourne

Group Show | Picture This | Soldiers Hill Artists Collective | Fairbanks Gallery | Ballarat.

Group Show | Daylesford Art Show | Daylesford Town Hall

Publication of Work | Thrive True Magazine | Autumn Equinox Issue

Multiple Private Commissions

 

2012-2015
Personal work and Commissions. Online Private Fine Art Tuition.

2011-2012
Manque Design Company downsize and relocation to country Victoria | Est. Creative Conversation Consulting Practice.

2008
Opened Manque Design Warehouse and Warehouse Outlet in Collingwood Victoria.

2006
Opened Flagship Manque Design Store in Northcote, Victora.

1996-1998
MA Course Work and Thesis | Department of Fine Arts | University of Melbourne

1996-1998
Casual Lecturer and Tutor | Department of Fine Arts | University of Melbourne.

Research Assistant for Dr. Christopher Marshal | Department of Fine Arts | University of Melbourne

1996
Awarded Australian Postgraduate Award for MA| Department of Fine Arts | University of Melbourne.

1993-1996
Bachelor of Arts with Honors | University of Melbourne (Majoring In Fine Arts)

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