Scottish artist Susan Smith – painter, printer, art tutor and founder of Greenpark Weavers, an off-loom weaving project based at her studio in Falkirk – was born and brought up on a Aberdeenshire farm where an extremely outdoor childhood fostered her deep love of the natural world.
Susan is an MFA graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University, and a Hospitalfield alumnus. Hospitalfield House is an arts centre and historic house in Arbroath, Angus, Scotland regarded as “one of the finest country houses in Scotland”. It is believed to be “Scotland’s first school of fine art” and the first art college in Britain.
She is inspired by the natural world and is a keen observer of animal and bird behaviour and strong supporter of conservation. She often sketches and paints outdoors before developing her work more fully in oils once back in the studio. For the past few years she has spent a week each year painting on the Isle of May along with Kittie Jones, Lara Scouller, Leo du Feu, Liz Myhill and Nye Hughes.
Susan is an active member of Fife Dunfermline Printmakers Workshop (FDPW) who exhibit regularly and predominantly in Fife, Edinburgh and the Central Belt of Scotland. In printmaking Susan specialises in original linocut prints.
She has original oils, watercolours and linocuts in the Gallery as well as a selection of prints and cards. All take their inspiration from nature, primarily wild birds and animals.