Susan Robinson, Perth, Western Australia Member Since November 2013 Artist Statement I started to draw and paint as a young child, and was fascinated by my ability to capture images and put them to paper. I saw everything as a painting or drawing. Nothing much has changed since those days. I finished a diploma in fine arts at School of Art Western Australia, which was a three year course and then went to University for another three years and finished a B.A. of fine arts. Since then I've had a few exhibitions and many commission works. I've never really developed a style of sorts, but my love for the canvas and image remain. I like to use a mixture of paint, oils, acrylics, water colours, pastels and charcoal. I usually start a painting in acrylic and finish with oils. My work is quite varied and I never tire of the challenge that faces me when I see a blank canvas. Over the past ten years, I've enjoyed painting murals, and working along side children with disabilities. I enjoy the experience of helping others to express themselves through art, especially when, for some this is their only way of expression. My own work seems to lean to reality, but often with a quirkiness, almost cartoon like figures and unreal colours. I enjoy moving away from the norm, and having a deep and meaningful relationship with the canvas and enjoy experimenting, often looking for serenity in my work. My formal training as an artist has allowed me to enjoy commissioned work in portraiture, landscapes and figures. I hope you all enjoy my work and it brings pleasure for years to come.