Susan L. Greig
A multi-dimensional being enthused by life and who shares stories through fine art.
My first artistic memory is pasting squares of tissue paper on to a cut-out paper tulip in kindergarten. It was beautiful and vibrant and I was proud of it. My parents were not convinced that a living could be made pursuing art so as I grew up art was out of the question in school and business became my focus. Over the years I have painted children’s furniture, murals, and have worked in graphic design and served as an Art Director for a literary magazine. In the fall of 2011 I decided it was time to pursue more fine art; and in 2013 I left a hospital management position to open 100 Braid St Art Studios & Gallery, a coworking space for 16 artists.
For me, painting is a form of story telling. It is capturing a singular moment in time, a “snapshot” that captures the light, the colour, the mood of a place and what has just happened or is about to happen. The act of putting brush to canvas causes me to lose complete track of time. If I am outside – where I love to paint the most (en plein air), my connection to nature, the sounds of the birds, a river flowing by and the many sounds of life are heightened. It’s as if I have new eyes to see and new ears to hear. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that seeps into my core and quiets the deepest parts of my soul like painting.
New Westminster—“The Royal City”–and once our provincial capital is the place I call home so I’m proud to say that my art is “Made in New West”. I love to paint life along the Fraser River and West Coast landscapes.
The main influences for my work are Lawren Harris, Tom Thompson, and the members of Group of Seven, Van Gogh and Emily Carr. I am inspired additionally by stained glass, vintage and antique block prints, designers of the Arts & Crafts movement such as Dard Hunter, and illustrators of antique children’s books.
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