SUZANNE B GIBBS
My passion, love and enthusiasm for Art began as a toddler surrounded by my father’s wooden and metal sculptures, paintings and drawings. This was later enhanced by childhood visits to the famous London art galleries and museums. My sketchbook is like the addition of the modern phone; my personal way of recording, realising and responding to the world around me. As with most artists, drawing is often the beginning of my creative process.
Artists such as Kathe Kolwitz made me aware of the value of working expressively in black and white, whilst the multiple viewpoints of the subjective cubists give me the confidence to experiment with shape, colour and composition. I find Turner's expressive, romantic landscapes and Rembrandt and Frida Kahlo 's portraits so inspirational.
I am very fortunate to be able to paint in both England and in the USA. Following the tragic wildfires of Northern California, in 2019 I put together a solo 3 month charitable art exhibition and again in 2022
(see Carr Fire Exhibition)
My paintings are naturally a response to my experiences and how I view the world around me. I am currently working on a body of work, focused on dementia, as my Mother was diagnosed with it in 2018. Mum Facing Dementia won me the Tom Urwin Award in 2020, presented at the Mall galleries by HRH Prince Michael, of Kent. (See SWA exhibition).
However, whatever the subject, I hope its narrative evokes your personal responses, memories and emotions. Your feedback would be gratefully received and I thank you for visiting my website.