Susie Hambleton, Artist + Designer
Susie is Australian born and grew up in a small town in California, close to her family's ranch in the mountains. She is a writer and artist.
She has spent the last two decades living in Australia and travelling throughout Asia and the South Pacific.
Susie didn't study art, she was self-taught.
She started selling her art when she opened an interiors store, waterside, in Brisbane. At that time she was painting large abstract acrylic and mixed media artworks on canvas. She went on to create a homewares brand designing objects and accessories, and her art was in galleries and interior stores.
She sourced and designed several interior collections, including her original art, for her brand Kahuna Bay which was exhibited at design and trade shows in Sydney and Melbourne several times.
Later, she went back to writing in the corporate world, and self-taught watercolour on paper at night, after work, for six years. She changed her style after embracing meditation and starting bringing the two together. You'll notice her style now uses a mix of vibrant colour, neutrals and whites - however it is all very light. Some pieces have her signature of layers and lines with a contemporary and abstract feel.
In Her Words
"Our art and designs take a slow process, it is not uncommon to take 8-10 weeks from idea, to hand painting on paper, to reproduction, print proof, and finally to canvas print.
I believe beauty inspires us to live our best lives, and that is the power of art. I leave markings, drops of paint, pencil scribbles, a water stain. I feel it is all reminiscent of the moment it was created. My art is intentionally simple...
My purpose in life is to create beauty by sharing my art - if you feel drawn to it, then I hope you bring one of my pieces home with you."
Influences and Style
Susie likes to paint in collections of style and colour or theme, so the art will flow from room to room and feel like it is designed for that space.
Her work is designed for tropical and beach style lovers.
Susie loves the colonial design influences found in Australia and Asia, particularly boutique hotels, old Queenslander style homes and architecture, historic gardens, and the lush foliage of palms, tropical forests and romantic balmy nights.
Susie lives in a small beach town in Queensland, Australia, where she paints, and is also a writer. She loves spending time in Hawaii, and California and travels regularly throughout the Australia and the South Pacific.
She has two shows planned in Sydney and Melbourne for 2020.