Artist’s love of re­al­ism re­vealed in her work

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Sue Richards is April’s artist of the month, with her work on dis­play at West­pac Mata­mata.

Sue is based in ru­ral Mata­mata and has a fam­ily his­tory of artis­tic tal­ent dat­ing back three gen­er­a­tions.

Sue was born in Dan­nevirke, com­plet­ing her school­ing and en­joy­ing her art through her school years.

She moved to Hast­ings then Welling­ton for her ca­reer in nurs­ing and mar­ried Tony.

With their two chil­dren, they now farm in the Waikato while Sue con­tin­ues her nurs­ing in the op­er­at­ing the­atres in Hamil­ton.

In the last 12 years, Sue has built up a pro­file with her artis­tic tal­ent, now much in de­mand. She is kept busy with com­mis­sion and ex­hi­bi­tion works in wa­ter­colour, silk or acrylic medi­ums, ex­hibit­ing lo­cally and fur­ther afield. She also has pro­vided paint­ings for Save the Chil­dren Fund Christ­mas cards.

Sue prefers to paint re­al­ism and loves the char­ac­ter of old tum­ble­down barns, cot­tages or home­steads.

Na­ture in any form is an­other of her favourites and the vi­brancy of paint­ing on silk seems to bring life to her com­po­si­tions.

The suc­cess of her work is as much about her sub­ject mat­ter as her style.

Peo­ple recog­nise the sub­ject with a note of fa­mil­iar­ity or nos­tal­gia.

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