Suzanne Perry ArtI have lived most of my life in Suffolk, growing up in the village of Elmsett, and attending Hadleigh High School where I developed a keen interest in art. After leaving school in 1987, I followed my other love, which is animals, and worked at Highcliff Veterinary Practice for the last 32 years, mainly as a nurse, latterly becoming a receptionist. On Friday 18th October 2019 I left to become a full time artist.........
Painting has always been my hobby and I would like to think that my love of nature shows clearly through my work. My prime subject is to draw and paint birds and I have become a keen birder in my spare time. My preferred medium is now acrylics and I like to create very detailed work of both bird and background. The choice of mounting and frame, their colour, style and size, is an important part of my art and I give considerable thought to this aspect of the finished creation. I feel it enhances the painting, especially when one particular tone in the surround sensitively picks up even a hint of a shade in my subject. I sense the work comes more alive and is then truly complete.
I much prefer to specialise in producing originals, although my high quality, limited edition, giclee prints are proving extremely popular, sometimes even mistaken for an original. Each run is strictly limited to 25 and it gives me great pleasure to know more people have shown an interest in one particular painting. Four of my works have actually already completed their full run! As well as my chosen subjects, I am also open to painting particular birds in different settings and have been pleased to be commissioned to do so on several occasions.
I have exhibited in East Anglia for some thirty years, starting with a gallery in Hadleigh, Suffolk and continuing at various other local venues including St Marys Church, Stoke by Nayland, Needham Market, Sudbury, Tendring and Suffolk Shows. Another recent opportunity was at Holt, the ancient market town in Norfolk with its many prestigious galleries. Having been a regular contributor to the Art Exhibition at the Hadleigh Show for the last 14 years, I was privileged to be invited as featured artist in 2011. Since then, I have just completed three years as Head Steward of the Art Exhibition Committee for the Show, only finishing that informative phase of my art world to concentrate on my painting even more. In 2019 I was accepted for a stand at the 2019 International Birdfair and, following the most encouraging and exciting opening year, I have been pleased to be accepted for 2020.