Sue van Coppenhagen
Artist Profile

Inspired by the natural world, Sue’s delicate yet vibrant watercolours reflect a strong emotional connection to her environment: beaches, farmlands and woodlands, and the plants and creatures encountered there on daily walks, emerge in her very personal and evocative paintings. Sue is passionate about the immediacy and magic of watercolour: “There is no greater excitement than watching pigment explode and are in water; the uidity allows a range from the diuse and delicate to bold and juicy use of paint. Because light is reflected from the paper through layers of paint, one is able to achieve a high level of luminosity, making the paintings fresh, atmospheric and evocative “ Her paintings are sometimes also enhanced with the addition of genuine gold leaf. Born in South Africa, Sue made her home in Ireland in 2000. After some years in adult education, then managing a gallery while beginning to exhibit around Ireland, she turned to full time painting in 2012. In 2013 she was elected a member of the Water Colour Society of Ireland and exhibits with them annually. She also participates in Art Fairs and group exhibitions, and has had several successful solo shows in County Cork. Her foral paintings have been awarded numerous medals, including Gold, at the Exhibitions of Floral and Botanical Art at Bloom in Dublin; she has also had foral paintings exhibited with the Society of Botanical Artists in Westminster and at the Mall Galleries in London. She is also known for her paintings of birds, and has undertaken commission work of bird paintings for the RSPB’s Christmas charity range.

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