Sue Firmin

Sue Firmin — Painter

I just love wet paint! Dripping, splashing, layering, scratching, adding and removing whatever grabs me in the moment. The sheer unpredictability of what I might find that day drives me, the endless range of possibilities keep me turning up to the studio daily.

From the age of 12 I knew I wanted to be an artist. I have tried watercolour, crayons, oil paint and now use acrylic with the addition of drawn marks and scribbles to produce an exciting surface. I have recently discovered a love of collage, twice joining the worldwide 100 day project filling two sketchbooks each year, using my hand painted papers. I also enjoy working in Seawhite concertina sketchbooks, using a range of techniques making abstract works flowing through page to page.

I work intuitively, starting by playing with any materials to hand, having no plans or expectations. I continue layering, building the surface until I start to find shapes, marks, colours juxtapositions exciting. I continue to work, assessing, refining and judging until it tells me ‘I’m done, leave me alone’. Unfortunately I don’t always recognise with stage and continue to paint! By the time I realise, it’s too late, I have to go back and find that spark again, before the final editing while waiting to hear the whispered ‘I’m done’!