Gold Coast Hinterland artist, Susan Skuse, draws her inspiration from the natural beauty of the rainforest scenery and its wildlife. "The aim of my painting is the appreciation of the natural world as a unity in which we are not objective observers, but an integral and undifferentiated part. For me, this involves painting in a realistic style and with an attachment to place. In Zen Buddhism there is a term, kensho, which implies a momentary enlightenment wherein one “sees nature” and also sees one’s own nature, with the sense that there is no duality between the ‘seer’ and the ‘seen’. My goal is for in painting is to open the door to a such an experience.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, Curtin University, 2016, Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) Macquarie University 2014, Diploma of Fine Arts, Community College of Central Australia 1985,


2016 Meditations on a Small Stream, solo exhibition, Hillier and Skuse Gallery, Gold Coast
2016 Thoroughbred Art, Group Show, Hillier and Skuse Gallery, Gold Coast
2016 Holmes Art Prize for excellence in the realistic depiction of Australian birds, Finalist, Highly Commended
2016 Queensland Figurative Biennial, Finalist
2016 Lethbridge 10,000, Finalist
2016 Border Art Prize, Finalist
2016 Royal Queensland Art Society, Members Show, 2nd Prize, landscape

61cm (W) x 51cm (H)
Aerosol and oil paint on canvas.
60cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Lithographic ink, aerosol and oil paint on canvas
150cm (W) x 60cm (H)
oil paint over a background of lithographic ink and aerosol on stretched canvas, unframed, ready to hang.
145cm (W) x 67cm (H)
Oil on studio canvas
76cm (W) x 38cm (H)
Acrylic, aerosol and oil on canvas
90cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Acrylic and oil on canvas
90cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Acrylic and oil on canvas
35cm (W) x 87cm (H)
Oil on canvas mounted on board
50cm (W) x 50cm (H)
Acrylic and oil on canvas
92cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Oil on canvas on board.