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Sue Haseltine - Artistic background

Nature and the landscape have been an enduring love throughout this artist's life. She finds great inspiration in the colours, textures, smells, temperatures and atmospheres of the landscape and this feed directly into her images. She creates two types of work, one an intuitive response to the landscape and the other based on the close observation of specific places.

Her main artistic influences are the Modernists of the early Twentieth Century including Klee, Braque, Matisse, Mondrian, Nolde, Kandinsky and Schwitters and the St Ives School of painters and sculptors. She is also inspired by contemporary artists such as Howard Hodgkin, Harvey Daniels, Melita Denaro, James Naughton, Elizabeth Blackadder and Peter Blake.

Beachy HeadLandscape: Prints

For her prints she either works in the studio from sketches and photos taken in the landscape or takes materials out into the landscape to directly work from observation of the scene. She prepares etching plates or screenprinting materials in advance to work straight onto the materials that will create the print, capturing something of the atmosphere and weather conditions as well as the appearance of the scene.

Distant viewAbstract Landscape: Paintings

The process of making these images begins intuitively, each image gradually develops from the first marks that she makes upon the paper or canvas, which are then responded to and built upon. Most of these images reflect composite memories of places, rather than specific locations; they are more a response to marks, tones, shape, colour and texture and reflect an inner landscape.

Flower Paintings

Apple BlossomThese images represent a very different approach to the natural world. Sue directly records what she observes, as truthfully as possible, aiming to capture the beauty of the flower in front of her or the flowers photographed. She explores the way that it is possible to play with the depth of field in photography which she finds particularly inspiring, and loves to explore the out of focus areas on the image as well as the clarity of the flowers that are in crisp focus.

Career History - A brief summary

Artist and freelance Digital Media Designer
Art and computing adult education tutor at City College Brighton and the Friends Centre, Brighton
Teacher of Screenprinting at Brighton Independent Printmaking
‘A' level and GCSE Art and Design Coordinator, Filton College
Etching Tutor, Coubertou Arts School, Puy L’Eveque, France

Education - A brief summary

Certificate in Multimedia - Digital Arts, Lighthouse, Brighton
HNC Graphic Communication, City of Bristol College – Distinction
OCN Stained glass, Filton College
PGCE Art and Design, University of Brighton
BA (Hons) Fine Art Printmaking, Maidstone College of Art - 2/1
Foundation Art and Design, Horsham School of Art