The 60/60 Project #30: Susan Thomson

Susan Thomson

Showing with Myriam Prual at 13 Greatwood Terrace, Topsham.

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What experiences or memories have played a role in your art-making practice?
I am a watercolour botanical artist so am drawn to flowers of all sorts, but I like to free up using print, silk painting and other media. It is exciting to create an unexpected image.


Do you have any rituals or routines before making work?

Be very calm. I can’t paint with my mind all over the place.

What do you listen to when you’re working?
Soft music no words.

Does research play a role in your process? What is something that you have recently researched?
Types of Marigold for a commission.

What’s the most challenging material you’ve worked with?
Silk.


Your studio’s on fire – what are you grabbing as you run out the door?

As many paintings as I can carry.

Was there an exhibition or a work of art you saw recently that you found intriguing?
A porcelain bowl with flowers all round the top by Liz Watts. It was incredibly beautiful.

Are there any comments about your work that have stayed with you?
Someone told me to look at my work was a healing experience.

What was the last book you read? Or, what are you reading now?
I am reading Morse Code Wrens of Station X by Anne Glyn-Jones

Describe what you enjoy about making your work.
I love to drift off into my own world where only my work and I exist.

Recommend an unusual place in Exeter or Devon for us to visit.
Visit the roof tour in Exeter Cathedral. Fascinating.

 

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