Artists of the Month 2022

The Artist of the month for January

was Sue Ames

This is what Susan told us about herself:

My first real encounter with art was at my Army boarding school. Boarders who never went home during the term were allowed access to the Art and Craft studio. The art teacher was very keen that we should explore black and white first before we tried any colours. After studying to A level I would have liked to attend Art College but my mother had other ideas and I started nursing in London.

 

After marrying young we lived abroad for a number of years in the Middle East. On returning to the UK with a young family I turned my attention to cookery and interior decoration but always kept up my interest in art , although it was mostly exhibitions etc. Over the years I have run a restaurant and a cafe bookshop where we also sold paintings etc. Latterly I worked as a Medical Secretary. My husband owned a freight company and later became an antiquarian book dealer. We moved many times renovating property. We retired to southern Spain for a while.

 

After my husband’s death from cancer I did not cope very well and decided to return to art and took a couple of classes. I mostly like to use pen and ink and watercolour but I have experimented with other mediums. I have a lot of health problems but I find drawing helps me deal with them and the emptiness without my husband. I have also been greatly encouraged by the fact that I can sell some of them as well.

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