Focused on Creativity

Sue McDonald

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My paintings evolve from a fascination with the complexity and variation of flowers that’s been with me from childhood.  They are an exploration of memory and color, combined with dreams and imagination, folklore, from travelling and personal experiences, bordering on the edge of surrealism. Having studied art therapy, I hope to reach into the depths of the psyche to relate those hidden stories we all know, somewhere inside of us.  I also use music to compliment my mood and influence color.  I find it gives an added energy to the work.

Having worked in the creative industry in London for many years and spent several years travelling, I moved to Wales in 1991 and lived closely with nature in a Tipi, later moving to a remote cottage on the edge of the Black Mountain where I began to paint wildlife, particularly birds of prey and big cats, exhibiting yearly at the British Falconry and Raptor Fair.

Moving back to London 5 years later, I worked as a part time art tutor for Waltham Forest, and together with a fellow artist and tutor, staged a very successful, East London Art Fair.  Following this, I opened my own gallery which was successful in selling my own work as well as a being a platform for local professional artists.

I now work from my studio in Parndon Mill a renovated flour mill on the banks of the river Stort in, Harlow, and combine a role as Secretary for Parndon Mill Artists as well as being actively involved in teaching local art groups. I had a short break in 2008 having slowed down a little due to a congenital heart condition which has now been operated on successfully, I am back to working full time from my studio, building a body of work that tells a story from what actually inspires me, to personal experiences, to dreams and fantasies.

One Response

  1. sandra grianetti

    The minimalist paintings are subtle but powerful. I’ve not seen anything else like that, congratulations. I’d love to find out more about your work, please comment back when you can

    August 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm

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