Sue Archibald graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Guelph, specializing in painting and drawing. Studies continued with Grant McEwen School of Design in Alberta, The Toronto School of Art, Haliburton School of Fine Arts, and an ongoing association with Visual Arts Mississauga and Neilson Park Creative Centre. Currently acting as; Treasurer - Lakeshore Art Trail, Membership Board Director - Etobicoke Art Group, & Programming Board Director - Creative Hub 1352. Sue’s works can be found in private collections in New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, BC, Texas, California, Ireland, and the U.K.
Many of my images are created from my imagination. My work is narrative, colourful and appeals to people on multiple levels. Regardless of what is painted my style remains consistent. Images are a little playful and a little folksy, with a sense of whimsy and playfulness.
While my work may seem charming, the viewer is invited to uncover meaning and thought that may be buried within the contextual surface.
I work on developing a composition, using colour, charcoal and pencil to energize and heighten the quality of the surface. Leaving the charcoal drawing marks exposes part of my process.
In the Home series; “A domestic space tucked away in my imagined world”, I am telling stories of domesticity; of what a safe home feels like. Impressions of these shabby or chic spaces are a combination of imagined rooms with added touches of personal experiences. There is a universal need to make our living spaces our own, a domestic activity mostly accredited to women.
In the midst of creating this series the Pandemic arrived, forcing us into our homes to isolate from the outside world, heightening the meaning of this series. Home had suddenly become the ultimate safe space on a very global level.