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Susan Gray Oil Paintings

Susan is a land and seascape artist who takes her inspiration from the West Country, Cumbria and the Chilterns. She has painted all her life starting with portraits of friends and family in oils. As a teenager she attended evening classes painting portraits from a model. After bringing up a family she decided to go to college and university studying Fine art. This led to painting and sketching in the landscape, inspired by the sea and painting on the beaches of Devon and Cornwall in acrylics.

Susan thinks painting in the landscape is exciting, capturing the moment with big brushes, knives and anything that is available to create the mood of the work. She also make smaller sketches which she turns into bigger paintings in the studio.

Often painting at high tide, the wild weather and windy conditions add to the excitement of working outside and allows abstract elements to help portray movement and a sense of place.

Her early influences were Turner and Kyffen Williams and more recently artists that worked in Cornwall, including Peter Lanyon and Patrick Heron.

Susan exhibits in Buckinghamshire, Cornwall and London and runs workshops and painting days in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire.