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©2019 Susan Pearson

About Me

Artist Statement

I am a visual artist, currently studying a Fine Art degree at the Shetland College UHI.  I paint with mixed media, creating natural forms and flowing lines.  I live on the island of Whalsay in Shetland with my husband and our four children, in a house with dramatic views of the sea, cliffs and sky.  With so much coast nearby, one can't help but be a beachcomber and over the years I have gathered a small hoard of visual information in the form of driftwood, broken pottery, animal bones, shells and sheep’s wool to use in my work.  I find myself drawn to use of texture and I experiment with different media to produce effects that spark my interest.  My art is inspired by island life, from the peat hills, the big skies, stoney beaches and cliffs to the people and the folklore; I find myself attempting to capture my memories and the stories I have heard or read.  I like the notion that the figures in my paintings have a story of their own so I often merge books and painting together by using snippets of words in collage pieces.

Georgia O'Keeffe said, "Objective painting is not good painting unless it is good in the abstract sense. A hill or tree cannot make a good painting just because it is a hill or tree.  It is lines and colours put together so that they may say something."