Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Just add water? Not so simple!


Above:  'High Seas' by Budleigh Salterton artist Susanna Lance
Fairlynch’s exhibition of paintings inspired by the sea and coastal scenery have been much admired by visitors to the museum.  The display by Budleigh Salterton’s Venture Art Group members was deliberately based on a common theme to complement the Museum’s 2013 show entitled ‘Sea, Salt and Sponges.’

Inevitably the subject was found to have some difficult aspects. Whether painting a river, a lake, a stream or the sea most artists find that water presents one of the most challenging aspects of a landscape for them to master.


'Spume and Sails'
Budleigh artist and gallery owner Susanna Lance would wholeheartedly agree. Seascapes have been her speciality for the last 20 years and she continues to find both frustration and enjoyment in depicting subjects such as waves and ripples or the simple reflections of boats in still waters as in the study shown below.

Since moving to East Devon in 1988 she has specialised in marine art, turning professional in the early 1990s. “I look for movement and light in my subjects,” she says, happy to acknowledge that her paintings have met with considerable success.

“Some people often ask me if I’m a sailor because of the way that I’ve depicted the movement of water, but that’s because they are sailors themselves who spend a lot of time looking at the sea. I’m not a sailor - I just paint by instinct.” 

Born in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak, in Malaysia, Susanna started her career as a supervisor in the jungles of Borneo assisting indigenous tribes to set up cooperatives. She spent several years travelling and working in various countries including India, Singapore and Norway before settling in this area where she runs Budleigh Salterton’s ISCA Gallery.  


'Yellow and Red Macs'
Susanna’s paintings have been shown at the Royal West of England Autumn Exhibition and she has also been awarded the Knight Frank Award at the Society of Women Artists (SWA) Open Exhibition. In summer 2012 her work was among paintings selected by the clothing designer Fat Face to celebrate talented artists in the South West of England by showcasing their masterpieces in all stores in the UK and Ireland.  

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