Sue Thompson

"We artists are put on God’s good earth to create. Some of us may be black, but that’s not the important thing. The important thing is for us to create, to give form to what we have inside of us. We can’t accept any barriers, any limitations of any kind, on what we create or how we do it." - Alma Thomas

Over Where I - Mixed media on canvas 51 x 51 cm

"I have spent the majority of my working life nursing;‌ ‌however,‌ ‌I‌ ‌have‌ ‌always‌ ‌had‌ ‌a‌ ‌strong‌ ‌compulsion‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌an‌ ‌artist.‌ ‌Throughout‌ ‌my‌ ‌nursing‌ ‌career‌, ‌I‌ ‌have‌ ‌taken‌ ‌time‌ ‌off‌ ‌to‌ ‌pursue‌ ‌my‌ ‌art.‌ ‌This‌ ‌has‌ ‌included‌ ‌completing‌ ‌an‌ ‌Art‌ ‌Foundation‌ ‌Course‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌Camberwell‌ ‌School‌ ‌of‌ ‌Art‌ ‌in‌ ‌1984,‌ ‌an‌ ‌Art‌ ‌Therapy‌ ‌Postgraduate‌ ‌Diploma‌ ‌at‌ ‌Goldsmiths‌ ‌College‌ ‌in‌ ‌1990‌ ‌and‌ ‌more‌ ‌recently,‌ ‌a‌ ‌BA‌ ‌Hons‌ ‌Fine‌ ‌Art‌ ‌Degree‌ ‌at‌ ‌Oxford‌ ‌Brookes‌ ‌University‌ ‌in‌ ‌2014.‌ ‌

As a nurse and artist, I‌ ‌consider‌ ‌the‌ ‌disciplines‌ ‌of‌ ‌nursing‌ ‌and‌ ‌art‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌interconnected.‌ ‌The‌ ‌art‌ ‌of‌ ‌nursing‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌intentional‌ ‌creative‌ ‌use‌ ‌of‌ ‌oneself,‌ ‌based‌ ‌upon‌ ‌skill‌ ‌and‌ ‌expertise‌ ‌to‌ ‌transmit‌ ‌emotion‌ ‌and‌ ‌meaning‌ ‌to‌ ‌another.‌ ‌I also feel that this can be applied to art. The ‌artist‌ ‌attempts‌ ‌to‌ ‌convey‌ ‌a‌ ‌myriad‌ ‌of‌ ‌emotions‌ ‌and‌ ‌experiences‌ ‌through‌ ‌their‌ ‌creations.‌ ‌

My‌ ‌approach‌ ‌to‌ ‌painting‌ ‌can‌ ‌be‌ ‌described‌ ‌as‌ ‌intuitive,‌ ‌creating‌ ‌images‌ ‌by‌ ‌following‌ ‌a‌ ‌feeling‌ ‌or‌ knowing,‌ ‌something‌ ‌that‌ ‌cannot‌ ‌be‌ ‌put‌ ‌into‌ ‌words.‌ I start my journey willing to explore and play with whatever happens in the process. A start of a painting can be a random mark, a piece of music, a colour, or the beat of a song."

Sue Thompson is an English artist based in London.

Inward Spaces III - Mixed media on canvas 120 x 50 cm
Ascend - Acrylic on canvas 101 x 76 cm
Inward Spaces IV - Mixed media on canvas 120 x 50 cm
Inward Spaces II - Mixed media on canvas 120 x 50 cm

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