An artist who can adapt, can sur­vive

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SUE Shreiber is lucky – she has man­aged to make her art com­mer­cially vi­able, some­thing not many in the in­dus­try can boast.

In or­der t o achieve t his, she has mor­phed, changed and adapted her t ech­niques and styles to suit mar­ket trends, while al­ways keep­ing her love of the work at its heart.

This will­ing­ness to adapt has seen her not only teach and pro­duce com­mer­cial brand­ing, but also per­form a more lit­eral kind of art with her py­rotech­nic busi­ness.

Born in Ger­many, Sue spent her for­ma­tive years trav­el­ling widely be­fore fi­nally im­mi­grat­ing to Aus­tralia in the early 1970s.

While she cred­its this early travel with help­ing her “dis­cover” her love of art, Sue has also made a prac­tice of stay­ing up to date with tech­nique, and boasts an im­pres­sive num­ber of de­grees and cer­tifi­cates to her name.

First en­rolling at RMIT in Mel­bourne, she com­pleted a Bach­e­lor of Fine Arts, ma­jor­ing in Print­mak­ing.

In 1997, she fin­ished a De­gree in Il­lus­tra­tion – lead­ing to more com­mer­cialised work.

More re­cently, Sue has stud­ied for her Cer­tifi­cate IV in De­sign, and com­pleted a Sur­face Pat­tern De­sign Course on­line from the UK.

Although her re­sume is im­pres­sive to say the least, it is the love of the artistry it­self that has seen Sue con­tinue her stud­ies.

“I en­joy learn­ing and if a course comes up which ap­peals to me, I’m happy to do it – to learn new tech­nics and en­joy the art,” she ex­plained.

“I learnt early on that I had to adapt – when I did my Bach­e­lor in Fine Arts, it was all about what was be­hind the draw­ing, the deeper mean­ing within it.

“I re­alised then that I was too com­mer­cial for fine art like that.”

Through­out her ca­reer Sue has dab­bled in al­most all artis­tic styles, from pas­tels to ink, mixed me­dia to pho­tog­ra­phy.

Her most re­cent love has been work­ing with scratch­boards – a rel­a­tively mod­ern art ap­proach that in­volves “scratch­ing” an image onto pa­per.

“I love scratch­board – it’s a re­ally in­ten­sive way to make an image, but I en­joy it,” Sue said.

“It does take a lot of work to achieve a good re­sult, but the de­tail you can get into the image is im­pres­sive.”

Mov­ing to the North East in 2011, Sue be­came in­volved with Made in Mansfield when she saw a post on Face­book back in March.

She has t hr own hersel f i nto t he Mansfield com­mu­nity, and is due to teach an artist’s course at MACE i n term four.

Although she still ex­hibits, teaches and does work for her­self, Sue is re­al­is­tic about why she has sur­vived in a typ­i­cally cut­throat in­dus­try.

“I’ve been suc­cess­ful as an artist I think be­cause of my wide range – I have never stuck to just one thing - I’ve al­lowed my­self to ad­just as I moved along,” she said.

“When I think about all those peo­ple I went to art school with, prob­a­bly only three or four of them are still prac­tis­ing.

“Be­ing ver­sa­tile has meant I can con­tinue my work.”

You can see Sue’s art­work on dis­play at Made in Mansfield, or on her web­page at www.katzart­de­

MIXED ART: Sue Schreiber has made a point of adapt­ing her art styles through the years. She is pic­tured at Made in Mansfield with a ce­ram­ics piece.

PHOTO: www.katzarts­de­

SCRATCH IT IN: An ex­am­ple of a scratch­board work com­pleted by Sue.

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