Susan Garrington

Susan Garrington CSPWC, CFS, OSA



Susan is a self taught, award winning artist whose work has been shown in juried exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. She is an elected member of The Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the Ontario Society of Artists, The Federation of Canadian Artists, and the Colour and Form Society. Susan lives and works in London Ontario with her husband, Brian.


  Artist’s Statement:

My father worked outdoors and his observations of the natural world kept us entertained at the family dinner table. His stories taught me to seek magic in the ordinary and to pay close attention. My mother kept a garden and I believe that my love of colour, design, shapes and plants was born there.

My work relies on close observation of the local, the ordinary and the often overlooked. I work outdoors in my sketchbooks. My on location sketches are integral to my work. They inform and underpin everything I paint. They allow me to get to know and understand my subject so that once back in my studio I am free to play, imagine and create.

I work mainly with a transparent,non-staining, watercolour triad because it allows me to glaze several layers of paint in order to achieve both intensity and saturation while at the same time maintaining luminosity. I also choose watercolour because, like the kite in Leonard Cohen’s poem, it is “gentle enough to call you master, strong enough to call you fool.”