I am a miner’s daughter from Barnsley. I left school at 15 loved art and sewing and was talented in both subjects. I dreamed of being a fashion designer but my head teacher had other ideas…’Susan you will never make it to Art College just go into a factory’ and having no other option that is what happened. I did go to night school in Leeds and through my hard work I made it to sample seamstress to the designers at the factory.
But life and children took over and once again my art work took a back-seat. In my late forties when the pressures of bringing up children had lessened I took up pottery and joined an Art Foundation Course which got me a place at Leeds College of Art.
Emotions always influence my paintings I love to express feelings and a sense of belonging, in my characters. My abstract paintings have a dream like quality, ethereal, there is something familiar about them but at the same time nothing is obvious.
I wondered into The Northern Fringe Gallery at The Ridings centre Wakefield by chance one day. Meeting Eddie there I was encouraged to join them.
My paintings reflect my upbringing in a mining community but I have also developed my own style
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