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Sue Morgan

Sue Morgan

Sue Morgan was born in Newport Monmouthshire and studied graphic design at Newport College of Art in the late 1960's.  After fifteen years as a freelance illustrator/writer of children's stories she took up a teaching post at a local secondary school where she remained for twenty years.

Sue's semi-naive painting style evolved over time from her experience as an illustrator.  Her themes are simple seascapes and landscapes, children and animals.  Although acrylics are her preferred painting medium she works with and loves the graphic qualities of ink pen, quills and wash.

From the 70's to the 90's Sue provided children's illustrations for Transworld Publishers, Gomer Press, The Welsh Arts Council, The Welsh Books Council and The Basic Skills Agency.  She won a national children's story writing competition in the 80's and has had other stories published and broadcast.  Sue took early retirement from teaching in the late 90's and has since won two Welsh open art competitions in Chepstow and Tenby.  She now exhibits in several galleries across south and west Wales.

Sue works on a small scale, working from the imagination rather than life, often covering her stretched paper with random colours then turning the board every which way until something is seen in the blobs and splodges.  In this way the painting decides for itself what it wants to be and Sue is just an aid in a process rather than an instigator.  She uses acrylics thinly, layer upon layer, occasionally wiping the paint away quite vigorously with rags which leaves an interesting burnished quality to the work.

Recent work still focuses on animals and children but in addition she is developing a more naturalistic interpretation of landscape, concentrating on how atmosphere can be suggested through her technique of layering and blending colours.