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Susan Haley

I was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia, though I have spent most of my life in Sydney, New South Wales, and now reside in Brisbane, Queensland. Like many artists, I began my art journey at a very young age, starting at only 4 years old! This passion, in my case, I believe was inherited. My grandmother loved to draw with me and was very talented. My mother was extremely good at painting, but unfortunately, never really pursued her love. I can remember quite clearly, those rainy days at primary school, where we had to stay indoors at lunch time and our teacher would provide us with LARGE sheets of fresh new drawing paper to either paint or draw on…heaven!!!

I eventually became a draftsperson working for architects & engineers. It paid well, helped me develop great drawing skills, but was rather constrained for me. After nine years, I gave it away, and spent the next 10 years flying around the world as an International Flight Attendant soaking up all the wonderful places, sights, sounds, smells and colours. I dabbled here and there with watercolours and took numerous photos of things I thought I would like to paint. During this time, my love of animals as art subjects started developing.

When I gave up flying, I returned to drafting and was lucky to be able to work from home as a contractor. After a number of years of drafting, I retired and started using my free time to paint again.

This time around, I tried oil painting but it just didn’t do it for me. So I went out and purchased some cheap watercolours & pads and began to doodle around and experiment. I was hooked and never looked back. My dear friend Martina Roos, also an artist, suggested I join an art class.  I joined an art class where the tutor, Bernard De Vaux, an experienced artist, has provided me with an amazing insight into the many mediums of art and inspired me with information about the great artists of our past.

After a few lessons I was now chewing at the bit. I wanted my first serious painting to be a portrait and started trying to paint one immediately. Instead, Bernard made me first do a drawing of the human skull. ”Oh no!” I thought.  It was to be a priceless exercise in helping me to understand the bone structure of a skull, and I subsequently went onto study the skeletal structures of many animals.  The painting became a love-hate journey.  There were many times I just wanted to tear it up!!  However, I persisted (I hate giving up) and managed to finish the portrait of “Raj” in time for the annual exhibition of all our art classes.  I was deeply humbled to be awarded First Prize by a judge from the Royal Art Society of NSW. 

As I’ve progressed over recent years, I’m becoming more organised in the planning of artworks.  I’ll research a particular thing I’m interested in until I’m worn out. I really love to paint animals, birds and fish and have now developed these areas of my work. I had also been creating my own greeting cards, inspired by my two little dogs, Otto & Pippa. It gave me great joy to share their antics with relatives and friends.

I am fortunate that my skills have now developed to the stage that I have been able to complete a number of water colour commissions of animals. I love the challenge that comes having a customer send me a photo of their favourite pet or subject, and then creating an interpretation of the animals.

I hope you enjoy my artwork.


Awards and Recognition

2017 First Prize (Art Category) - Forest Art & Craft Exhibition 


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