Artist Biography Sue Smith,
Port Adelaide, South Australia
Smith is an South Australian multi award-winning photographer and
Artist. Her original works of Art are inspired by colour, light and
nature. Her subjects include animals, land and water; environmental,
social issues and emotions.
up in Germany Sue was first introduced to a camera by her father at
four years of age. His architectural and engineering background
inspired many of Sue’s subjects, and their shared love of nature,
water and ships are also visible in many of her popular works. Her
father remains a primary influence in both: her photographic and
artistic styles, and Sue continues to follow his philosophy to this
day: “Keep focused! When you like it fancy create an Abstract.”
Sue’s professional career took place on both sides of a camera. Unfortunately this was put on hold when a tragic traffic accident left her wheelchair-bound and in a rehabilitation clinic for a long time. While there, she was befriended by an established watercolour artist who became her mentor and teacher for painting.
her rehabilitation, Sue worked with artistic mediums such as
watercolours on rice paper and graphical crayon. While she tried
working with oils, she found that the fumes bothered her lungs. Sue’s
first painting, a large maritime scene, was purchased while still wet
by a business owner who was visiting a friend at the clinic. A friend
of her mentor took many of her pieces to an Art Gallery in Paris
where they were sold.
Many years later Sue emigrated to South Australia, became a proud citizen, and continued her career. However, the healing she experienced through art was again in full force in 2008, when she sustained an accident at work that left her with multiple severe, mobility-restricting disabilities. Sue drew on these personal experiences when she opened her ASSP Gallery Port Adelaide in 2015. Through her work at the gallery, she used her knowledge of the arts and her experience with mental health issues to encourage people of all ages to express their emotions and feelings on paper and canvas.
she entered into semi-retirement in early 2018, that March, Sue’s
watercolour “Journey of The Soul,” an original watercolour
painting, earned against 952 other artists a Special Merit Award in
the Abstracts Art Competition by the online Art Gallery Light Space
Time in California, America. This work was part of their following
currently works with watercolours, acrylics, pens, crayons and
sometimes a mix of them on different carrier mediums. She also does
Fluid Paintings, and sometimes craft projects. Many of Sue’s works
are triggered by emotions but all have in common that they are
colourful and give a happy, positive feeling so as also her Kids room
and even social and environmental issues..
Sue’s gallery featured her own work it was also a way for her to
showcase other local artists and encourage others to express their
emotions through art. This became a passion and launched her into
other roles such as curator, supervisor and artist manager.
reaching end of 2021 the number 70 she is still participating in Arts
Festivals, Art Shows, exhibition – galleries and online – and hired
also participates in national and international art
is also looking forward to the new website and to learn to add her
works to gallery and web shop, and selling her works not only at art
shows, to regulars and word-to-mouth clients but also around the
world in the convenience of her home.
Sue has had a number of health issues throughout her life. Having
survived leukaemia, skin cancers, tumours, traffic accidents,
domestic violences, eye surgeries, etc. she is dedicated to support
the RFDS Royal Flying Doctor Service, Care Flight, and other
organisations that support people in need in donating parts of the
proceeds from art- and photography sales.
of Sue’s works come with a service pack which includes the
Certificate of Authenticity, the story which triggered the artwork,
details to the work, and much more.
In recent times Sue remembered her time as a freelance journalist and has taken up writing and publishing articles, excerpts of her short stories, and again her fans have urged her to share her remarkable story of ups and downs, health and sickness, of love and losses, the reality of domestic violence, depression, anxiety, PTSD, resilience and hope, in writing her autobiography which is in progress but currently stalls about lack of volunteers for support.
Sue also plans to continue writing her first novel about the first trade agreement between Aboriginal peoples and an English Captain, with drawings by herself.
There is also a second novel in progress, telling about a time-traveller arriving on Colonel Light’s Ship at ‘Port Misery’ in 1836, the challenges he is facing, the coming home after decades to find The Port a ghost town. How does he handle the lack of life – no birds or even a Port River dolphin? Intrigued? Stay tuned for news on her progress!
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