Susan Skuse

Susan Skuse
58 artworks

Gold Coast Hinterland, Australia, Australia
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Mixed Media on canvas, stretched and ready to hang.

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Like many of my paintings, ‘The Soloist’ is something of a fantasy — the inclusion of a New Zealand Tui with a variety of Australian birds is certainly not something you would see in nature. I like to create little stories with the interaction of birds when I can. In this case the focus of everyone’s attention is the full-throated twittering of the Splendid wren. The onlookers are the New Zealand Tui and the Spangled drongo, a red wattlebird and three spotted pardalottes. The birds are set on a semi abstract background of plant forms with a hint of art deco patterns and a touch of gold.

As an artist living and working in the Gold Coast Hinterland I draw inspiration from the natural world and the wonderful wildlife surrounding us, especially the birds. Living on an acreage property in the Gold Coast Hinterland, I am particularly well endowed with birds. I first trained as an artist in the 1980’s and have more recently completed degrees in Fine Arts and Philosophy. My current work brings together a diverse range of influences including Asian philosophy and traditional art, textile pattern, bird-watching and the phenomenology of perception. I work with layers of colour and pattern combined with realistic depictions of Australian birds.

The work goes through a number of processes. Firstly, I create an abstract colour background, usually using vibrant lithographic inks diluted with solvent to create fluid organic effects. Then I work with my ever growing library of custom made stencils – sometimes plant forms, sometimes abstract or classical patterns. I use the stencils and masks to build up a many-layered background of semi-transparent patterns and forms. When I am happy with the background I then sit back and consider what bird subject it suggests to me. I rarely know at the beginning what the final painting will look like. There is a lot of chance in my work, and I enjoy that.

I like to work with high quality materials that will result in long-lasting artworks. I usually paint on flat cotton canvas so that when the work is put on a timber stretcher the patterns seamlessly flow around the edge. This makes framing optional. I only use the finest quality artist’s oil paints that are vibrant and fade-resistant.

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Lithographic ink, aerosol and oil on stretched canvas

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Nature Art, Fantasy Art

Susan Skuse

Susan Skuse
58 artworks

Gold Coast Hinterland, Australia, Australia
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