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Hello from Deepin the Cornish Countryside.... I am an Artist, Illustrator and Lecturer based in West Cornwall, where I live on a smallholding surrounded by ancient fields, hedges and lanes and a rich variety of wonderful wildlife.

My work is broadly based around my "Creative Response to the Natural World".

I am captivated by the natural world, I explore the countryside and coast in search of wildlife to observe and appreciate. Cornwall is an endless source of inspiration for me whether it is the chaffinch on the bird feeder to the livestock in our fields, the cliffs of the South West Coastal path or the wild and windswept inland moors, but I also enjoy travel to sites of natural and special scientific interest, or bird colonies such as my recent visit to Stokholm Island. On this occasion I became particularly obsessed with the…

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  • Born on April 5
  • Joined May 7, 2010

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Hello from Deepin the Cornish Countryside.... I am an Artist, Illustrator and Lecturer based in West Cornwall, where I live on a smallholding surrounded by ancient fields, hedges and lanes and a rich variety of wonderful wildlife.

My work is broadly based around my "Creative Response to the Natural World".

I am captivated by the natural world, I explore the countryside and coast in search of wildlife to observe and appreciate. Cornwall is an endless source of inspiration for me whether it is the chaffinch on the bird feeder to the livestock in our fields, the cliffs of the South West Coastal path or the wild and windswept inland moors, but I also enjoy travel to sites of natural and special scientific interest, or bird colonies such as my recent visit to Stokholm Island. On this occasion I became particularly obsessed with the razorbills, although the initial draw to the island was the unforgettable haunting sound of the Manx Shearwaters and its remote location.

I feel compelled to document my experience with a combination of photography and lively expressive sketches of both the landscape and the wildlife I encounter. I find myself completely engrossed by the experience so that time takes on a different meaning, my recordings often the only proof I have of the passing time. These continue inform my paintings when I return to my studio and for many years after.

My father was a butcher and I find the fascination I had then a chickens foot or a bulls eye remains in that I find myself unable to walk by a road killed crow or a slightly rotting sea bird without stopping to admire its beauty even in death. It is not only the enchanting beauty of the Birds and Animals that entice me to create, during my encounters and observations, by their movements and reactions; I am unavoidably confronted by questions around the human-animal relationship. I engage in thoughtful projects such as the 'Ghost of Gone Birds' project at the Migration Festival in Camden, painting extinct birds as an attempt to resurrect them through art. These highlighted the fate of current endangered birds and the way in which humans had impacted or were often instrumental in the extinction of the birds I was painting. I like to support charities such as Compassion in World Farming, The Wildlife Trusts and The Mousehole Bird Hospital, who do such an amazing job in raising awareness, protecting and helping birds and animals locally, nationally and internationally.

In 2014 I completed my MA in Authorial Illustration, I created a contemporary bestiary, bringing together a variety of elements of the multi-faceted human-animal relationship; intended for display as an installation and catalogue entitled The Beautiful and The Damned. I brought my own ideologies into question and the paintings became a stimulus for conversation. Many people found the paintings moving, dark and disturbing.

I seem locked into an unceasing attempt to create a dialogue around the human/animal relationship, exploring, confronting, celebrating and try to rationalise my understanding it. Whether it is through a subtle glint in the eye of a bird, the non-verbal communication in the stance of a hare or the literal depiction of an issue I am compelled to confront.

In all of my work I hope to raise a smile or a question and share a little of the pleasure that the creating of the work brought to me.
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Suzy's practice is broadly based, and includes painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and installation. She recently graduated with distinction from the MA Illustration:Authorial Practice at Falmouth University following a her BA in Fine Art and PGCE at Plymouth University. She is a part time Lecturer on the BA hons Contemporary Creative Practice Course at Cornwall College. She currently lives in rural west Cornwall where a variety of non human animals, including livestock, pets and wildlife punctuate her days and inspire her work. Her interests are held together with a continual attempt to create a dialogue around the human/animal relationship. ​ Issues relating to food, farming, wildlife, pet keeping and the effects that humans have on the environment are always at the for front of her mind and research. Using the work as a vehicle she explores, questions and celebrates the relationships between humans, animals and the environment that we share.

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