Living on the ancient Icknield Way beneath Galley Hill in Bedfordshire, Sue finds the Chiltern landscape and its wildlife a constant source of inspiration. Combined with a lifelong interest in Britain’s mythic past and the power of symbols to intrigue and enlighten, Sue’s paintings are layered with different levels of meaning for the viewer to discover. Sue believes passionately that it takes two to create a painting - the artist who offers it and the response of each individual person who looks at it.
All her work reflects a love of the intricacies of Celtic design, the jewelled quality of Indian and Persian miniatures, and harmonious shapes and patterns. Mainly working in watercolour, she creates glowing paintings, framed by a border of words which add another layer of meaning. These are often fragments of poems written by the artist, and inspired by the painting. She also enjoys painting the rugged coastal landscape of Kerry and Cornwall. More recently Sue has been branching out into acrylics, using simpler forms and blocky colours to express inner journeys.
Sue’s love of photography - especially black and white - has come from a long career within the management side of the photographic industry. After looking at thousands of images she really knows what she likes, and concentrates on those unexpected moments, quirky and interesting juxtapositions, and sudden flashes where the ordinary suddenly looks quite extraordinary. They are presented as windows onto moments that are nearly lost.
After spending so long looking after other peoples images, Sue decided in 2008 that making her own pictures was (and always had been) much more fun than managing other people’s and she decided to change direction and paint full-time. She is a member of the Eagle Gallery in Bedford where she enjoys working co-operatively with other local artists.
Quality giclee prints made by the artist are available from www.suewookey.com. For originals please contact the artist directly via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow Sue's Blog at www.galleyhillart.blogspot.com.