Susan Hall BA (Hons), AET (Award in Education & Training)
Artist Bio/Artist Statement
Susan Hall is a painter and textile designer living and working in her home town of Northampton. After graduating in 1988 from Brighton Polytechnic, with a degree in Fashion Textiles and Business, she began a career working for London based studios, designing prints for fashion labels in the USA, Europe and Japan. Following on from this her textile design experience included designing furnishings, for UK interiors company, Designers Guild and the fashion group Alexon PLC.
In 2009, after starting a family, Susan changed direction, to develop an idea she had for illustrating a children’s alphabet book. This she titled ‘ABC Picnic’, which she put together over a couple of years whilst working in combination as a freelance textile designer. It was finally self-published in 2014. Unfortunately limited funds restricted the print and marketing process of her book so Susan’s career took another change in direction, beginning with the quest to find her own artistic ‘voice’ through the re-discovery of painting and drawing as a fundamental truth to the artist.
Susan currently works in a variety of media, including acrylic, gesso and oils, on canvas, board or handmade paper. Her mindful approach, using experimental techniques allows for spontaneity in her work, which regularly delivers interesting results. In her landscape paintings she builds layers of texture to form images of vistas with varying degrees of abstraction which lay somewhere between the real and the imagined, the traditional and the contemporary. In essence, they are works of expression and atmosphere; some more tangible than others, offering glimpses into other realms or dimensions. One example of Susan’s paintings, titled ‘Juncture’ featured as ‘Painting of the Month’ in November’s issue of the magazine Artist and Illustrator, 2013.
Susan also enjoys painting floral still life, due to her love of nature’s colour and pattern.
In contrast Susan also creates large charcoal drawings which evolve naturally, in an intuitive, way. Working on paper she uses erasers to introduces light back into the blackness of the applied charcoal, formed by imparting energetic marks.
Susan Hall is also a private art tutor and works from her studio in Burns St, Northampton.
Town & County Art Soc. – associate member
Kettering Art Soc. – member