About

I’m captivated by the natural world, I explore the countryside and coast in search of wildlife to observe and appreciate.  Cornwall is an endless source of inspiration for me whether it is the chaffinch on the bird feeder to the livestock in our fields, the cliffs of the South West Coastal path or the wild and windswept inland moors, but I also enjoy travel to sites of natural and special scientific interest, or bird colonies such as my recent visit to Stokholm Island. On this occasion I became particularly obsessed with the razorbills, although the initial draw to the island was the unforgettable haunting sound of the Manx Shearwaters and its remote location.

 I feel compelled to document my experience with a combination of photography and lively expressive sketches of both the landscape and the wildlife I encounter. I find myself completely engrossed by the experience so that time takes on a different meaning, my recordings often the only proof I have of the passing time. These continue inform my paintings when I return to my studio and for many years after.

My father was a butcher and I find the fascination I had then a chickens foot or a bulls eye remains in that I find myself unable to walk by a road killed crow or a slightly rotting sea bird without stopping to admire its beauty even in death. It is not only the enchanting beauty of the Birds and Animals that entice me to create, during my encounters and observations, by their movements and reactions; I am unavoidably confronted by questions around the human-animal relationship. I engage in thoughtful projects such as the ‘Ghost of Gone Birds’ project at the Migration Festival in Camden, painting extinct birds as an attempt to resurrect them through art. These highlighted the fate of current endangered birds and the way in which humans had impacted or were often instrumental in the extinction of the birds I was painting. I like to support charities such as Compassion in World Farming, The Wildlife Trusts and The Mousehole Bird Hospital, who do such an amazing job in raising awareness, protecting and helping birds and animals locally, nationally and internationally.

In 2014 I completed my MA in Authorial Illustration, I created a contemporary bestiary, bringing together a variety of elements of the multi-faceted human-animal relationship; intended for display as an installation and catalogue entitled The Beautiful and The Damned. I brought my own ideologies into question and the paintings became a stimulus for conversation. Many people found the paintings moving, dark and disturbing.

 I seem locked into an unceasing attempt to create a dialogue around the human/animal relationship, exploring, confronting, celebrating and try to rationalise my understanding it. Whether it is through a subtle glint in the eye of a bird, the non-verbal communication in the stance of a hare or the literal depiction of an issue I am compelled to confront.

 In all of my work I hope to raise a smile or a question and share a little of the pleasure that the creating of the work brought to me.

CV & Statement

Suzy’s practice is broadly based, and includes painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture  and installation. She recently graduated with distinction from the MA Illustration:Authorial Practice at Falmouth University following a her BA in Fine Art and PGCE at Plymouth University.  She is a part time Lecturer on the BA hons Contemporary Creative Practice Course at Cornwall College.  She currently lives in rural west Cornwall where a variety of non human animals, including livestock, pets and wildlife punctuate her days and inspire her work. Her interests are held together with a continual attempt to create a dialogue around the human/animal relationship. ​  Issues relating to food, farming, wildlife, pet keeping and the effects that humans have on the environment are always at the for front of her mind and research.  Using the work as a vehicle she  explores, questions and celebrates the relationships between humans, animals and the environment that we share.

Education

Masters of Art (with Distinction) Illustration: Authorial Practice – Falmouth University
PGCE Plymouth University
BA Fine Art – Plymouth University

Projects & Employment

2014 Ghosts of Gone Birds Live Art Studio – Camden Migration Festival – London
2013 A Day for Nature – Stithians Reservoir
2012 Shortlisted for the BBC wildlife artist of the Year
2012 Truro Art week selected artist
2011 Newlyn Society of Artists elected committee member
2011 ‘Paint Magazine’ Article published
2011 Represented Winsor & Newton at BDC show London
2010/14 Artist in residence Royal Cornwall Show (Rare Breeds Survival Trust)
2010 Member of the Newlyn Society of Artists
2009 Selected as Winsor and Newton Featured Artist
2009 Cornwall Today Magazine – postcard from an artist July
2009 Cornwall Wildlife Trust – Inspired and Wild – Guest Artist assistant co-ordinator/curator
2009 Compassion in World Farming – images selected for Christmas Cards.
2008 Collaborative Project in association with Paul Hoskin for Longreach House mental Health Unit,
2010 – Present Part-Time lecturer (Painting, Drawing, Printmaking) Cornwall College BA Hons Contemporary Creative Practice

Exhibitions

2015

 A Stride – The Poly, Falmouth

Lander Gallery – ‘Spring’ Truro

Beast, Books & Bones – Curated Exhibition by Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery

NSA 293 – Newlyn Society of Aritsts, Penwith Gallery

2010 -14

Newlyn Society of Artists – Critics Choice – PZ Gallery
Fannie & Fox Gallery – Penryn
Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery – Unit 11 – There’s Hope Yet
Newlyn Society of Artists – Flux – Heseltine Gallery
Birds, Bugs and Beasts – Four Crows Gallery
Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust – Slimbridge
A Day for Nature – Stithians Reservoir
Newlyn Society Of Artists – Helen Fieler Gallery
Nature in Art – Gloucester – The Wildlife Art Society International
The Fowey River Gallery – Fowey
The Old Customs House – Porthleven
Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery – Morvah
The Wonderwall Gallery – Cirencester

2007-10

Obsidian Art – Aylesbury
The Fowey River Gallery – Fowey,
The Wonderwall Gallery – Cirencester
The Rainy Day Gallery – The Little Picture Show – Pz
The Old Customs House, Porthleven,
Great Atlantic Gallery – Falmouth
Whistlefish Galleries, Milkwood Publishing at Spring Fair NEC
Cornwall Wildlife Trust Inspired & Wild guest Artist 2009 -11
Gallery 49 – Cows Week
Falmouth Art Gallery – Expressions in Humans and Animals
Delamore Gallery, Dartmoor
Over the Moon. – St Agnes
Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery – Morvah
Cornwall Crafts Association Trelowarren & Trelissick
Printmakers Gallery, St Ives
Creftow Gallery & Studios (co-operative member),
Helston Museum

2004-6

Response to Eden – Eden Project;
Cornwall Crafts Association, Trelissick and Trelowarren
Poetics of Material Eden Project.
You are here Sancreed House Sancreed,
West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance, Treliske Hospital, Truro
The Bay Gallery, Penzance
Tri Arts Treliske Hospital, Truro,
By Hand Falmouth Art Centre,
Articulate Newlyn Art Gallery.

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