Susi is a multi disciplinary artist from South Africa who is drawn to nature and the emotions evoked by her surroundings. She draws inspiration mostly from the beauty in Africa, its nature, the birdlife and the connection to liberation. When painting she tries to choose a medium that would convey the emotion which she wishes to portray. “Susi’s series of :Children of Africa” put her on the map” as Trent Read quoted.
Her works often vary greatly in size. She improvises with the mediums she chooses to try and achieve the desired end result. Having studied Fine Arts for 4 years she does paint portraits, landscapes, birds and figurative works in a more traditional approach, however also likes to manifest self expression and personal freedom by drawing from deeply felt emotions and memories within her psyche. She often uses birds as architypes or as symbols of a particular emotion.
The often random marks, procedures, mediums and brush marks she uses allows her to stumble onto new experimentation and uncover the journey of creating art with out constraints. She feels artists should never feel complacent in any particular genre so she allows the paint to form something surprising; more than just an image. She also paints large contemporary pieces which convey something she has seen, felt or remembered, not just what she “sees”! Even though bright colours are used her palette is in general subdued and earthbound. Birds feature often as a subject matter, either rendered in refinement and accuracy but also in childlike absurdity, thus allowing her the total freedom she seeks in the act of art making.