Susan A. Menzies has been the Artist in Residence at the Gibson Centre for over 5 years and is the Curator of the Gibson Gift Shop as well. She also mentors the Open Studio Program hosted at the Gibson Centre  which welcomes artists of different mediums to bring in their own supplies and participate! It takes place Tuesdays from 10 AM till 3 PM; Member Fee is $7.00 or $10.00 for Non-Members.

Biography & Background

Susan has been a professional full time artist for 40 years.  She has worked as a fine artist painting the great Canadian outdoors using acrylic, watercolour & gouache.  Her achievements & honours are many including winning two Canadian national art competitions, being selected for numerous national & international invitational exhibitions, & being presented to HRH Prince Phillip.  She created Eaton’s 1991 national Christmas promotion & merchandise based on her painting “Cranberry Feast” and has painted a Franklin the Turtle book.

As a team member Susan has won an Emmy & four Gemini awards for her background painting & concept colour work in animation TV series & helped paint the NASCAR Heroes comic books.   She has also worked on two International feature films.

Artist’s Statement

small creek“As a fine artist I do not work from photographs.  I do not sketch first & do not do thumbnails or studies.
I begin with paint & block out shapes & tonal values. The painting is a built composition using the tools of colour, form, perspective & style.  Each creation is inspired by one or several experiences I have had.  The composition of the whole work must be solid as well as each square inch & its neighbouring connecting spaces.  It is also important that my depictions of different species of flora & fauna are accurate”