Ocean Breeze 2016   Acrylic, oil, sand and cold wax on linen  105 x 105 cm  Unframed  Price: Contact Gallery  Location: Cheltenham

Ocean Breeze 2016

Acrylic, oil, sand and cold wax on linen

105 x 105 cm

Unframed

Price: Contact Gallery

Location: Cheltenham

Susan Schmidt

Susan is a Noosa based fine arts painter and graphic designer. Since 1998 she has successfully exhibited in solo and selected exhibitions and since 2012 internationally in the New York Chelsea International Art Competition, in Hong Kong, Istanbul, San Diego and Singapore and in 2016 by invitation, artist-in-residence at One & Only – Reethi Rah, Maldives. In February 2018 Susan was one of 25 finalists selected from 16,000 artists in the London, Rise Art Prize ’Global Artist of the Year’. Susan’s works are held in public, private and corporate collections worldwide.

My works are Contemporary Realism punctuated with subtle abstract elements and surprises that allow the underlying to emerge, achieving an organic quality echoing transience, loss and memory.

I paint what I know and where I live and feel compelled to transmute an appreciation and awareness through my art of the value and need to conserve the often taken for granted.

‘Seaburbia’ is a series that was born from this ethos and has been a major part of my practice since first exhibited by selection in ‘The Studio’ Art Sydney 2009.

It was witnessing the gradual disappearance of the original beach houses on the Sunshine Coast where I live that was the motivator to create these works. The continuing series is an exploration of the cultural memory and heritage of the quintessential Australian beach house and the value of a more simple way of life. I paint in acrylic and oil, pattern, layer and rub back the works to achieve a weatherworn texture recalling the erosion of matter over time and the residues of nostalgia and decay. Composed from my own photographs, referencing memories and reminiscing retro colour I’m documenting the essence of coastal living lost to time and development.