My work is about places, where I live and visit. Initially I am inspired by the fleeting effects of light in the landscape. I try and capture the mood of the scene, the movement. Sometimes loud, sometimes peaceful but always in that moment of time. My aim is for the viewer to be able to experience the scene I saw through my painting, an authentic way of sharing the world.

I am a figurative painter, predominately working plein air, using the alla prima method of painting directly over my oil sketch. When the British weather doesn’t cooperate, I retreat to my studio in Weardale, County Durham.

I teach a number of adult drawing and painting sessions in County Durham, working privately and for the WEA. I studied fine art at Sunderland for BA and MA, followed by a PGCE at New College Durham.


Susanna Heath and Studio Helpers

photos by Sarah Loveland Photography