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I make unique one off Paintings, Drawings and Printmaking  with a fresh contemporary twist made in Cornwall inspired by nature, my environmental concerns, poetry, story telling and the experience of wildlife in our often tumultuous modern world with a particular focus on British birds against busy abstract or patterned backgrounds.

I find watching birds and spending time with animals always lifts my spirits and brings a smile to my face. I am fascinated by the way animals have always been an intrinsic part of human existence, not only feeding us and providing physical support but creating meaning, stories to live by and metaphors in our language and literature.

I have incessantly researched the relationship between humans and animals which over time has confirmed a long held philosophy that animals, as far as I am concerned are equal to humans, in the way that I may be equal to a lion and that all living things are equal to each other, we all have our place, or in other words we are all food for something, intrinsic parts of a symbiotic, seamlessly interconnected existence.  This perspective allows for respect and compassion in all our interactions. 

 

Drawing on stories from a range of literary genres and my personal experience, the intention of my work is to explore the way in which we (humans and non humans) experience the world, to raise a question in the mind of the viewer,  create work which reflects a thoughtful and considered engagement with the natural world and the broader landscape, the influence of the geographical environment on the mind, mood and sense of well-being, the way in which it affects us all. 

The best purpose for my work would be to bring meaning to the lives of the people who view it and encourage them to show respect, compassion and ultimately protect the non human beings with whom we share the planet.

 

I try to engage in thoughtful projects such as the 'Ghost of Gone Birds' project at the Migration Festival in Camden, also the PAN project on the Lizard in Cornwall, the BTO Red67book.  I like to support charities such as The Mousehole Bird Hospital, Compassion in World Farming, RSPB, BTO and The Wildlife Trusts who do an amazing job in raising awareness, protecting and helping birds and animals locally, nationally and internationally.

 

 

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from visits to Skokholm, Skomer, Slimbridge. Martinmere , Cornwall etc.

CV & Statement 

Suzy's practice is broadly based, and includes painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture . She  graduated in 2014 with a distinction from the MA Illustration: Authorial Practice at Falmouth University following a her BA in Fine Art and PGCE. She is currently a part time Lecturer on the interdisciplinary BA hons Art & Design 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. ​ Using the work as a vehicle she  explores, questions and celebrates the relationships between humans, animals and the natural environment.


Education

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

Institute For Learning - QTLS
 

Projects, Memberships & Employment 

​2018 Member of the Cornwall Crafts Association

2016 PAN project - Polpeor Gallery Lizard Point 

2010 – Present Part-Time lecturer (Painting, Drawing, Printmaking) Cornwall College BA Hons Art & Design Practice

2010/16 Artist in residence Royal Cornwall Show (Rare Breeds Survival Trust)

2015 Cover - Ply Magazine

2014 Farm Animal Voice - Article Published

2014 Ghosts of Gone Birds Live Art Studio - Camden Migration Festival - London
2013 Cornwall Wildbird Preservation Society - Illustrations for Wildbird listings catalogue

2013 A Day for Nature Guest Artist – 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 Sunrise Appeal Christmas Cards

2010 Member of the Newlyn Society of Artists
2009 Shortlisted Wildlife Artist of the Year

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 – Christmas Cards.
2008 Collaborative Project in association with Paul Hoskin for Longreach House mental Health Unit, 


 
Exhibitions
 
2017/19

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens/Gallery Ex Libris

Trelissick Gallery Spring Exhibition

Trelowarren Gallery Spring Exhibition

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust - Slimbridge
Fowey River Gallery - Summer Exhibition 

Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery 

Trelawney Gallery - Royal Cornwall Hospital 
The Gurnards Head 

The Coastguards 

Penlee Gallery  Winter Exhibition

Trelissick Gallery Winter Exhibition

2015/16 

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  

Morvah School House "Poetry of Animals"
Polpeor Gallery Lizard Point
Open Studios Krowji

Helston Museum

 

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

Four Crows Gallery - Porthleven

Great Atlantic Gallery – Falmouth

Delamore Gallery, Dartmoor
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.
 
 
Other Exhibitions
 2004 -2010 Cornwall Open Studios
2010 Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery
Falmouth Art Centre
Cornwall Farmers, Touring exhibition Truro, Penzance and Wadebridge
Plymouth University at Royal Cornwall Show
2008 Helston Museum; West Cornwall Hospital & Royal Cornwall Hospital
2007 West Cornwall Hospital; Helston Museum
2006 Royal Cornwall Hospital (Truro); Helston Museum
1997 Camborne School of Mines