Susan Birth lives and works in Worcester. She creates vibrant artwork ranging from representational to semi-abstract and conceptual pieces, making bold use of colour, shape, pattern and texture and using a wide variety of media and techniques.
“I use mixtures of acrylic paint, ink, gouache, charcoal, oil pastels, homemade collage paper, etc. to create lively pieces that hold the gaze and attention, maybe striking a chord, evoking a thought or a memory, and that I hope viewers will come back to with pleasure. I love experimenting with new techniques and mixing up media to produce artwork that is never flat or dull. I think of my paintings as ‘Happy Paintings’ and believe that both creating and viewing art can play a part in reducing stress and promoting well-being.”
In both 2019 and 2020 Susan has had work selected to appear alongside paintings by some of Britain’s leading artists at the Exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours in Mall Galleries, London. She exhibits regularly in Worcestershire and participates in local art events. She is a member of The Arts Society Worcester and organiser of a meetup group for Worcester artists.
“In the lockdown I adapted by increasing my online presence and producing free step-by-step Art Ideas to encourage both children and adults to get creative, with some great results! In April, with two fellow artists, I was awarded one of 20 county-wide Creative Connections grants by Severn Arts & Worcestershire County Council for our project involving interpreting poetry by a local poet in paint, producing creative worksheets and sharing our art processes and final paintings digitally. We also share it physically via posters at Waitrose’s Worcester store where the artwork can be seen by their customers waiting in the queue to shop.”