Alongside her portraits and narratives Sue also paints landscapes in a similar narrative vein.
Coming from a Wiltshire farming background and living in a field means that her landscapes almost have a character of their own. “Sometimes landscapes don’t feel like the place they represent simply because they don’t give you the personality of a particular place. Often I change the dimensions of a view just because it gives it more drama and what you recognise about the place is its drama….” Most of her landscapes are based from Martinsell or Clench Common where she was bought up and lives now.
“My Dad had always said that I should paint landscapes, and after 20 years resistance I gave in. It seemed natural to paint Martinsell, partly because the last time I had painted it at 14 it had beaten me…..however 30 years later I managed it.
I mainly paint from Martinsell or the farm because it is places I know and I feel part of. It always makes me feel I have come home. Of course it’s always difficult to paint places that farmers know because they know every blade of grass and if you miss one out, they will know….and point it out. The challenge for me is how much I can change the landscape and yet maintain the essence of the place…….the acid test is always the farmers, because if they believe it, it generally rings true”