(British, b. 1957)
Susie Whitcombe studied at the Heatherly School of Fine Art in London, and has been painting portraits of horses and people in oil and watercolor for over 20 years. Susie maintains her studio in Hampshire where she is surrounded by her own animals, which she uses as her models. A versatile sportswoman, she holds an amateur jockey’s license and is also a private pilot, handling Super Cubs and Tiger Moths with ease. She has exhibited in the United States, Australia, Africa, Japan, France and the United Kingdom.
Susie is a direct descendent of the celebrated artist William Evans (of Eton), she was born in 1957 and spent her childhood in the idyllic surroundings of a Hampshire Farm. Her mother breeds pedigree sheep and horses and livestock abound. At school, North Foreland Lodge, sketching ponies in exercise books filled more time than studying. Susie's only art training was at The Heatherley School of Art attending the life and portrait classes. Susie has had solo exhibitions in London, Melbourne and Tokyo. But the past ten years she has been fulfilling an ever demanding list of commissions.
At last we have persuaded her to set these aside, as well as her other passion, for flying, to put together the group of paintings for this exhibition. They show her love and enthusiasm for a wide variety of subjects. Horses play a major role, whether racing, hunting or on the polo ground. Her travels to India and Spain are remembered in either spontaneous plein air records or more formal studio works. In the past two years she has explored the third dimension and brings her experience and talent to produce some excellent sculptures. In all her work, Susie shows the keenest eye for detail and the play of light on the subject. It is captured with a dexterity and control, which is outstanding. Yet underneath this talent is a strength and passion. Beside the bleating of her Scottish Blackface sheep and the scuffles of her ever increasing lurcher pack, there is the thundering of horse's hooves or even the throb of the Tiger Moth driving her on...
18" x 16"