Susan Cairns – Artist Profile
“Taking the old, broken, unwanted and often forgotten everyday objects, my ambition through still life painting is to capture character and beauty, transforming the usual into something unique and wonderful.
With many years spent drawing and watercolour painting my current work in oils has evolved and developed into a style that is very identifiable, clear and detailed. Exploring light, colour, texture and tone is an essential part of my painting. Through my work I want the simple things to stand out, the not-so-pretty to be beautiful and everyday objects to shine.”
Susan was born in Ireland in 1979 and has grown up (and still resides) in Malahide, Co. Dublin. She achieved an NCVA Certificate in Art and Design and a Diploma in Interior Architecture and Design.
She started painting in watercolour from 2002. After a few years, she decided to change direction to oil paintings specialising in still life.
Susan has exhibited in Dublin and Cork and is proud to have many of her works in private collections worldwide as far a-field as England, Germany, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Canada and Australia.
In 2014, she had her first solo exhibition in the Warren Gallery in Castletownshend in West Cork. This proved to be a tremendous success with many of her works being sold.