Artist’s love of realism revealed in her work
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.