Susan Paterson was born in 1958 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She attended Mount Allison University receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1980. She has also attended Byam Shaw School of Art in London, England; NSCAD, Halifax; Academy of Realist Art, Toronto; School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Grand Central Atelier, New Hampshire. Her studies have been supported by an Elizabeth Greenshield’s grant, a Nova Scotia Arts Council grant and an Academy of Realist Art scholarship.
Susan has exhibited extensively across Canada since the early eighties, presenting more than thirty solo shows and many more group shows including ‘Capture 2014, Nova Scotia Realism’ juried by Tom Smart and Peter Dykuis which travelled throughout Nova Scotia and ‘Terrior, a Nova Scotia Survey’ at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Susan’s work has been chosen as a finalist three times in the online BoldBrush painting competition, three times in the still life category of Art Renewal Center’s Annual International Salon and twice in International Artist magazine’s competition. As well she was chosen as the first artist in residence at Port Bickerton Lighthouse’s annual artist residency in Port Bickerton, NS.
Her work is in collections all over the world including City of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Art Bank, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Bell Canada, Husky Oil, Magna International, Oshawa Foods, Citibank, Olympia and York Developments and K.K. Sakai, Tokyo, Japan.
Publications featuring Susan’s work include ‘From Land and Sea: Nova Scotia’s Contemporary Landscape Artists’; ‘Take your Time with Each Step’, International Artist magazine and ‘Master Painters’, International Artist magazine.She has been commissioned by the Dept. of Medicine, Dalhousie Univ., Heritage Museum, Dartmouth; Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; Sherbrooke Village and Mount Allison Football Program.
My work evokes the past, both in technique and in subject. I do highly detailed studies of landscape, florals and everyday objects, capturing the subtleties of the light, colour, and textures that are so fascinating but so often overlooked. When I’m painting I love getting lost in the details and the challenge of creating an illusion that explains how I feel about what I see. I’m fascinated by light and how it describes form, changes colours, is reflected back and disappears into the dark depths of a background. I work in subdued colours, preferring the subtleties of the subject to stand out. I get great pleasure from slowing down, spending hours intently observing and trying to capture the incredible beauty that surrounds us.
Susan Paterson, 2017