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Painting is fun and I firmly believe it should be viewed as such. I attempt to infuse joy into my paintings often making them slightly ‘quirky’. In so doing I put my inner self into every painting I paint.
I paint mainly in watercolour although I have been known to introduce pastel and coloured pencil to a specific piece. Watercolour is my chosen medium because of its transparency. I use a limited palette, keeping to transparent colours. I do enjoy experimenting with colour.
I tutor 5 local art groups and a series of classes and workshops for the Staffs Wildlife Trust at their headquarters outside Stafford. I demonstrate and hold one day workshops in watercolour to art groups and have been extremely gratified with the response from members.
I organise and run painting holidays, with a twist, usually twice each year which are open to both artists and guests, and are very popular with all participants. See my website for details www.suechatterton.co.uk
It is rewarding to see the pleasure introducing students to the watercolour medium gives. I try to impart to my students the joy, sense of freedom and release that I get from painting, whilst at the same time encouraging them to put their own style and personality into their work.
Whilst detailed in part, I keep my working loose with the emphasis on tone and shape using brushes to suit the size I am working on.
Although my venture into human portraiture is relevantly recent, my portrait ‘Nonna’ was recently awarded the Barracks Trust prize at the Three Counties Open Exhibition at Keele University in 2013 and also chosen best portrait and best in show at an independently selected annual exhibition of Stafford Art Group. I have also received various local group awards over the years.
I am a member, and President of Stafford Art Group. I am PA of the Society for all Artists and was accepted as a member of the Birmingham Watercolour Society.
Based in Stafford, I am available for workshops and demonstrations within a 50 mile radius.