Sue has been influenced in most of her work by the renowned portraitist Ken Paine. She has worked with him not only in this country but in Paris where she is a member of the French Pastel Society.
Wherever possible Sue works with models and sometimes she may transform them into entirely different characters. ‘A very nice young girl who worked as a waitress became an Operagoer; a gentleman who had just been made redundant became a Warlord’!
Whilst the body language of her models is of great importance there is a lot she can learn from the face. The tilt of the chin, pursing of the lips and of course the eyes – they all reveal something interesting.
Sue is particularly interested in painting Jazz scenes as well as some of our jazz legends although the ordinary ‘man in the street’ can often have a bigger story to tell. She was commissioned by the BBC to produce paintings to commemorate the Radio 2 and 3 Jazz Awards and the portrait she painted of Quincy Jones was bought by him on this very special occasion.