My lifelong love of the sea and the edges of the land was inspired by my chilhood. I was born in Hartlepool and spent most weekends exploring rock pools on the beaches of the North East Coast or walking on the North York Moors with my Dad, a talented painter himself, and the family dog. I learnt to swim in the North Sea and to sail the dingies my dad built. Nowadays I paddle around in my kayak taking pictures of the land or underwater and these photos are often the inspiration for some of my work.
When painting I try to capture the textures and atmosphere of the land and seascapes that are so much a part of my life. I am attracted to the ‘edges of the land', this maybe the coast or in the form of rocky edges. My paintings are of places that I know very well and visit over and over again, both literally and imaginatively. I aim to capture them as they are exposed to the extremes and intensity of light. I use various materials, such as sand and texture paste to create the effects I desire. My paintings are a mixture of bold, strokes and impasto effects with echoes of more subtle areas through the use of glazes and fine brush work. I use brushes, fingers and sticks to make marks on the canvas.
I am also a keen photographer and an exhibition of my photographs of Travellers, who live on the edges of settled society, was shown at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and toured various venues in and around Sheffield.
Recent Exhibitions, Galleries
One Woman Show Scottie Gallery
Scottie Gallery, Sheffield, UK
Simmonites, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield
Great Sheffield Art Show;
Lander Gallery, Truro, Cornwall, UK
Art In The Garden
Artfulness, York, UK
Fine Art Society Solo Exhibition at
Staithes Gallery, Staithes, UK
Sheffield University Library
Staithes Gallery, Staithes
1967-1969- Hartlepool College of Art - A levels in Art, Art History ,Printing and English. Completed Art Foundation Course
Exhibited at local exhibitions and sold paintings to a newly built school and local contacts.
1969 - 1971 Kingston Upon Hull College, Art, and Drama and Telecommunications. Distinction in Art.
Exhibited in Ferens' Art Gallery Annual Open Exhibition. Sold paintings through contacts.
1971 - 1975 Taught art in Dulverton Middle School, Hull. Exhibited at Ferens' Art Gallery and sold paintings through contacts and commissions.
1975 - 1979 Co-ordinator of art at Fox Hill Primary school. Sold paintings via commissions and contacts.
1979 - 1984 Took up photography whilst at home with young children.
1984 - 1986 Taught Life Drawing at Night Classes and photography for women at Local college and Untitled Gallery.
1986 - 1987 Started part time work with Sheffield Traveller Education Service.Had a slot on Radio Sheffield introducing basic photographic techniques. ( Under the name of Sue Stott). My photographs of Travellers were shown at The Crucible and then toured Sheffield schools and colleges. Featured in Arts magazine. Sold photographs to other Traveller Education Services for use in raising awareness of Travellers.
1988- 2001Worked on various photographic projects whist working full time as Head of Service with Traveller Education.
2002 - Started to paint seriously again. Solo show at Scottie Gallery, Sheffield. Launched a web site www.suenichol.com
2003 - Had pictures selected for Wild About Art mixed exhibition in Sheffield.
2004 - Pictures accepted for Wild About Art, Great Sheffield Art Show and Art in The Gardens. Paintings accepted in ‘Lander Gallery', Truro. Cornwall, England
Exhibited at S10 Gallery. Sheffield, UK
2005 - Wild About Art- Winter Gardens, GSAS - Octagon , Won third prize for Most Popular Painting, voted by the Public, Art in the Gardens
Featured artist with new gallery in York- ‘Artfulness' on Goodramgate, where I have been selling paintings on a regular basis since. Visited China and Tibet and have produced a series of paintings based on my experiences living and Travelling with Chinese and Tibetan people I met through my son who is working in Tibet
2006- Wild About Art- Winter Gardens, Sheffield UK
2006 - Exhibition with SUFAS May 23rd - June 9th
2006 June Exhibition at Staithes Art Gallery
2006 Continue to be represented at Staithes Art Gallery, Staithes, England and Artfulness Gallery, York, England