Field House Art Gallery
Susanne Lawrence exhibiting here until September 14
Susanne Lawrence was born in Birmingham in 1949 and completed her education at local grammar schools and education colleges. She had a sporting career in the swimming pool and represented Great Britain several times.
Beginning her working life as a secretary she worked in the insurance, publishing, education and health industries before retiring. Her hobbies were singing, dancing, playing folk guitar and running events to promote art. She is also a qualified public speaker and takes on speaking engagements on the history of art having recently gained a degree with Open University.
Susanne began painting about 5 years ago after a friend helped her with several beginners’ lessons and selling her paintings door to door one summer found that people like them and bought them. A friend suggested some of her paintings might make nice greetings cards and after testing them out at car boot fairs last year Susanne now sells them and her originals at fairs, private parties, carnivals and car boot sales. 10% of the proceeds go to charity supporting events like Sports Relief and smaller local activities.
With such encouragement Susanne continues to paint and exhibit taking part in art festivals and South East Open Studios each June. She has become a local co-ordinator for the South East Open Studios event and enjoys helping other artists to exhibit and sell their work as far afield as they can.
Susanne continues to learn her craft by attending the Withyham Art Group which meets on Wednesday mornings in the parish hall at Withyham. She says. “If a painting I finish gives me a pleasure moment and someone else likes it enough to buy it I know they will get a lift from it too, and that is an encouragement for any artist”.
Susanne is also an independent tours guide and will take clients on specially prepared tours of the National Gallery. The tours are intended to ensure that people can at the end of the tour understand why paintings in the gallery look the way they do and can enjoy looking at and understanding of any artist, period or painting of their choice.
Susanne can be contacted on 01892 770949 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling local artists - there are opportunities to display your work here - contact The Gallery on 01892 782 300