Sue can barely remember a time when she didn’t paint or wasn’t thinking about painting. She had various other ‘real’ jobs: PR, Retail Management, Special Events, but her heart was never truly in them.
Ideas for paintings keep on coming. Sometimes she worries the well of creativity will run dry… but so far every time she goes there she is able to bring something back. There is an endless variety of inspiration in the world.
Sue’s working style is quite chaotic, usually launching straight into a painting with an idea in her head and seeing where that takes her. There then follows a period of ‘retrenchment’; lots of adjusting and assessing. And sometimes things are scrapped. Some paintings come fast and some emerge through a more convoluted process.
Over the years she has received so much encouragement from friends and, touchingly, from random strangers too. It means a lot to her. Somebody once asked her to reflect on why it is that she paints: the question has sat with her for years but she thinks the answer is this: to communicate feelings and ideas and to be accepted for who she is.