Artist: Susan Marshall LSIAD
I was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, daughter of David John Fuller, a Broadland artist, and have studied Art, Design and Textiles to Degree level locally and in the Far East.
I cannot remember a new Spring or long Summer of my childhood not spent on the Norfolk Broads sailing in the traditional Broads’ cruisers owned, and some built, by my father. This vast wonderland, where salt water meets fresh on the tidal flows from the North Sea, holds a secret world of quiet waters where often wildlife can only be seen from the river. All the more magical a sight for a child on the sliding bow of a silent yacht moving through towering reeds.
It is these memories that influence the recurring themes in my ink-work studies which have a rich illustrative content and often a pictorial narrative. I like to use the effects of negative-response, counterplay of light and shade and not a little intrigue!
In contrast there is my vigorous, figurative work which is often deliberately boldly abstract. I find this linear approach successfully crosses over to animal and insect paintings releasing movement and spirit and producing visually arresting work.
Calmness comes from the sensitivity required from working on pastel portraits which always call me back and I cannot leave. They are the great leveller of challenge and in the success of which is my true reward.
Susan’s extensive commissions include book cover designs, illustrations, cartoons, maritime seascapes, a special literature design for the Queen’s birthday Garden Party and an exhibit in the House of Commons.
Medium: Ink and Wash, Mixed Media, Pastel, Watercolour
Style: Landscape, Nature, Portrait