Sue Nichol is an artist based in Sheffield. Her paintings are of places she knows very well and visits over and over again, both literally and imaginatively. Sue says she is attracted to the ‘edges of the land’ including our fabulous and varied coastline as well as the rocky edges to be found throughout the British landscape.
Sue's love of the sea stems from her childhood; She was born in Hartlepool on the North East coast and visited the little fishing village of Staithes often, as she still does today. The fishing cobles to be found on the North East coast serve as her models, describing them as having 'a unique shape that reflects their Viking heritage, being clinker built with a rounded belly, flat stern and pointed bow'. Sue says they are a challenge to paint but hers have all been pronounced sea worthy by the local fishermen. A great compliment indeed!
Sue also states she finds constant inspiration in the sea in all its moods and it is a subject to which she is invariably drawn, striving always to capture its movement and strength, which she finds both fascinating and frightening.
The wild hills and moors of North Yorkshire and Derbyshire provide Sue with a different challenge and she loves to paint them as they are exposed to the extremes and intensity of light. She tries to capture a particular atmosphere created, sometimes fleetingly by swiftly changing weather conditions and she's fascinated by nature’s ability to present a landscape in so many different tempers.
The Swaledale sheep are a familiar sight on the Pennines and North York Moors and Sue began to include a few in moorland scenes before becoming fascinated by their shaggy fleeces, black faces and curly horns. She is now working on a series of Swaledale portraits, an artistic adventure for her!
Sue paints using oils, acrylics and ink and revels in the flexibility of these media. She uses brushes, fingers, sticks, knives, pens or anything else to hand to make marks on the canvas. Using various materials, such as sand, paste, even sea-coal, to create texture. Her paintings are a mixture of bold strokes and impasto effects. More subtle areas are created through the use of glazes and fine brush work.
Sue hopes her viewers are able to uncover in her work some of the magic she felt in the places she is inspired to paint.
Sue's paintings are incredibly popular and usually sell very quickly through various exhibitions. However, please do not be disappointed if your favourite painting is no longer available, as Sue is more than happy to be commissioned to produce something similar. As a full-time, professional artist she is used to such requests and the turn around to produce commissioned pieces is usually fairly quick. Please contact Amie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in commissioning Sue and would like a quote, or the opportunity to discuss the idea further.
Snow Approaching Stanage - £900 (available)
120 x 90 cm
Rain Approaching Kemyel Crease - £300 (sold)
60 x 50 cm
Whipping up a Storm - £300 (sold)
60 x 60 cm
Light House - £800 (sold)
80 x 80 cm
Roxy Beck - £500 (available)
90 x 60 cm
Saltwick Bay - £500 (sold)
80 x 80 cm
Swaledale Ewe and Lamb - £350 (sold)
48 x 35cm
Swaledale Ram - £500 (sold)
45 x 25 cm
North Landing - £900(sold)
80 x 80 cm
Storm at Sea - £900 (sold)
80 x 80 cm
Cottage by the Sea - £800 (sold)
80 x 90 cm
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