Hello, I’m Susan Nethercote, thank you for visiting the online home of my art.

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, to the point where it has become the primary focus of both my creative and professional life.

Working from my home studio in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, I predominantly sell my work privately and by commission. So please feel get in touch or sign up to my monthly newsletter to keep abreast of new developments and directions in my work.

Artist Statement:

I am inspired deeply by nature – the plant, mineral and bird kingdom’s in particular. I have fascination with the different ways that nature interacts with light and weather patterns, and how this creates different atmospheres and moods. It is these ethereal qualities, the ‘veil between worlds’, that I attempt to capture in my work.

Sometimes my observations lead me down the path of abstracting my subject completely, and sometimes I feel inspired to represent the subject realistically. Frequently it is a combination of both – capturing a perfect natural subject in a highly abstracted environment.

In all cases, the focus is on capturing the most subtle, magical and ethereal aspects of natural subjects, attempting to stimulate the most subtle, magical and ethereal aspects of inner selves.

I am endlessly fascinated by how art is able to access the parts of ourselves for which we have no words. Making art, is for me, Soul work.

I mainly work in acrylic paint, and often include mixed media of pastel, ink and collaged natural elements.




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


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


Personal work and Commissions. Online Private Fine Art Tuition.

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

Short Courses in Level’s One and Two: Drawing and Designing with Adbobe Illustrator | Designing and Creating with Adobe Photoshop | Graphic Design with Adobe InDesign | Centre for Adult Education

Received Accreditation as a Transformational Facilitator | William Whitecloud International.

Opened Manque Design Warehouse and Warehouse Outlet in Collingwood Victoria.

Opened Flagship Manque Design Store in Northcote, Victora.

Rotary Pride in Achievement Award for Outstanding Development of a Small Business | Coburg

Solo Show (with sister Sharyn McNab) | Fibre Art| ‘Sister Act’ | Wangaratta ‘Stiched Up’ Festival

Business Resident of Brunswick Business Incubator | Victoria Street, Brunswick.

Early Manque Design Clothing Label | Building Business through doing markets and consigning to Independent designer outlets.

Complete NEIS scheme | Certificate 4 in Small Business Management | Kangan Batman Tafe. Est. Manque Design.

Personal Projects- Jewellery Making, (early stage Manque Design), Clothing Design and Making (early stage of Manque Design) and Created body of Paintings (not exhibited).

MA Course Work and Thesis | Department of Fine Arts | University of Melbourne (Not completed)

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

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

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

Curator of Art Show ‘The Chef Does Bits and Pieces’ | St. Mary’s College | University of Melbourne.

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


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