A little about me

This is me, Sue. Welcome to my website.

For most of my life I lived around the London/Kent border. I now live in Whitstable with my husband David.

As a teenager I had to make a choice. Stay at school then go to art college or take the job I was offered in Carnaby Street - office work during the week and cashiering in the fashion clothing shop at weekends. If you're old enough to understand that dilemma you'll guess what I chose!

I did go to college eventually, secretarial college, and my career developed into office management. With multinational companies I travelled the world at their expense and during the 1980s I was living in Singapore, running a branch office. Ex-pat life is too surreal to last for ever so I returned to work in the City of London. When commuting became a chore I became office manager for a suburban firm of Independent Financial Advisers.

Throughout this career I had little time to pursue my love of drawing until working locally gave me time to rediscover the pleasure of portraying pets for friends and family in pastel and pencil. Word spread and with a steady flow of commission requests and encouragement from David I left the rat race and become a full-time artist.

Joining online art communities and art societies I uncovered a whole new world (literally!) of pencils and papers to try out. My many artist 'e-friends' provided support and inspiration and encouraged me to try my hand at graphite portraits, then coloured pencil. I now work mostly in pastel but enjoy coloured pencils where very fine detail is required – it is a slower process than pastel artwork but produces some beautiful results. I first started portraying people in 2006 and although four legged subjects will always be my favourites, probably one-third of my commissions are now for portraits of people. When I have time I love to draw wildlife pictures – particularly Big Cats and some of these are available for sale via my website or Blog.

I am a Signature member of the UK Coloured Pencil Society and exhibit regularly at their annual Juried Exhibitions. I am an Associate Member of the Society of Feline Artists (SOFA) and a Member of the Pastel Guild of Europe.

I am very proud to have had work accepted into National and International juried exhibitions and to have won several awards including Best in Show, Reserve Best in Show, Best Domestic Animal in Show etc. There'll be a page in my online Gallery soon.

I exhibit at London and provincial galleries, time permitting. Details of these events can be seen on the front page of my Blog.