About the Artist
“I am passionate about art and its potential to express emotion, feelings or words. It is this channel that allows me to address issues that impact daily life. I was brought up on a large dairy farm, and have lived in the country all my life. I am “at home” in the countryside and therefore my art reflects this rural ethos. The cow “portraits” came about because I helped on the family farm with the milking; their individuality was something that I grew to love about them”.
Sue was born near Corbridge, Northumberland and grew up on a dairy farm. Her family have been farming for generations, originating from Hunday Farm, near Workington, Cumbria. Sue owns and runs fifiefofum, a rural art gallery and centre for creative workshops, on the family farm in Northumberland. Her work has been shown in many venues throughout the North East, which have created a demand for her unique cow portraits. Sue’s work has covered installation and video, but it is paint that draws her most.
Most recently Sue has produced a body of work focusing on African Animals. These works mark a transition from her painterly portraits of cows and other domestic animals for which she is predominately known. The paintings are a result of a recent trip to South Africa in 2013. At the Kruger national park Sue witnessed at first hand the ‘Big Five’, the African elephant, rhinoceros, Cape buffalo, leopard and lion roaming wild. It is Sue’s upbringing and delicate portraits of cows that has lead to her ability to capture these animals sensitivity and distinctive personalities.