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Curl Curl, NSW
I am a painter and potter living in and working in Curl Curl on Sydney’s Northern Beaches,
I am a surrealist, moved and informed by unseen forces, be it emotional or mystical – whatever lies beyond ordinary states of awareness.
My pottery ranges from functional ware, large hand painted plates, some of which are available here, and whimsical creatures known as Dogimals.
Susannah Paterson is a surrealist painter and potter living in Curl Curl on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Since retiring in 2017 from 30 years as a psychotherapist, she has worked full time as an artist, steadily building a tribe of collectors of both her unique paintings and beautiful pottery.
Born and raised in the Scottish Highlands, Susannah migrated to Australia in 1995. In 2000, following the completion of a Masters degree in Critical Psychology, she began to paint again for the first time since school. In 2005 She attended art college at Brookvale TAFE for two years whilst still working as a therapist. It was here she was introduced to ceramics and fell in love with clay as well as drawing, painting and sculpture. Following art school, she continued to learn from some of Australia’s leading artists, including several years under the tutelage of the late Kerrie Lester, who is a much missed mentor.
Psychotherapy and explorations into the unconscious mind through the practices of meditation and hypnosis are a major influence in her work. The need to explore the surreal, unreal, and imagined the unconscious and unseen forces through colour and gesture is the primary motivation. The work is powerful, complex and vibrant, often evoking comparisons to Marc Chagall.
Never one to conform to norms or current fashion, her art continues to evolve and develop in her own authentically unique style.