Susie started sculpture, as she explains, by accident. A visit to the Devon Art Workshop to try and learn how to draw a horse was where she met Scilla Hann, the sculptor. She got on very well with Scilla, and spent much time talking dogs and horses. It was then that a throwaway line came “gosh, one day, I would love to be able to sculpt”. Three months later, Scilla invited Susie to a three day course run by her and Judy Boyt (sculptor of the Mitsubishi Badminton Trophy, Evocation of Speed at Epsom, Golden Miller at Cheltenham Racecourse and Rebellion in the City of London amongst others). The result was ‘Friends in Summer, Rivals in Winter’, which Susie created for her husband’s 50th birthday. Since then, she has not looked back, being completely smitten, she constantly strives to better herself. Anyone who knows her knows her absolute passion for animals and that she is a highly sensitive person, reading both humans and animals by body language. This is the secret to her capturing the essence of her pieces, as each piece tells a story. She says ‘it may seem dotty, but you have to feel your subject from inside and translate it into your piece. You have to find the passion and understand it’.
Susie has been guided by Scilla Hann, Tessa Campbell-Fraser, Gill Parker and Tilly Champion, all of whom she wants to thank sincerely for opening a whole new world.
But there is one person who has given Susie enormous encouragement and inspiration that is Judy Boyt.
Susie has sold pieces, in the United Kingdom and around the world including Canada, Australia, America, Germany, Norway and Switzerland.