Sue Newham 2020

I usually work in acrylic or oil paint on canvas. My smallest piece is 12 inches square and my largest is one metre square.  I paint about life, faith and creation.

Once I have an idea for a painting, I do not shy away from trickier subject matter, although, like many artists, I find human and animal forms challenging. One of my recent pictures had a person, four sheep and three crows! I will work through difficulties and keep refining my work, even when it has been finished for a year or more, if something is not quite right.

I very much enjoy a creative challenge, most recently doing painting during worship over Zoom! From time to time, I experiment with other media, including mosaic, driftwood sculpture, silk painting and recently willow withy lanterns.

In 1999, whilst I was still a primary school teacher, I joined an A-level art course in the evening and loved every moment of it. It was as if I discovered a gift that had been lying dormant for years. Since I started painting, I have been on an amazing creative journey. I have done things I could never have imagined, including painting in front of an audience of 2000 people at Spring Harvest and painting regularly in church over a 5 year period.

Pembrokeshire coastline

I work with a group of artists to show their Bible themed work and my own to people and organisations looking for God-centred art, through the online gallery, Veritasse Ltd. However, Veritasse is just a small part of what I do.

Having moved to Mid Wales in 2010, I was inspired by the many different landscapes of Wales and landscape painting became a bigger part of my work. Coasts, rivers, trees and fields have been my inspiration. The sky is a huge part of the Welsh landscape too. As a Christian, my faith pervades every aspect of my life and artwork. When I paint, God is part of the picture, even when I am painting a sheep or a tree.

 

 

Resumé

Ongoing since 2011- Director of Veritasse Ltd, Christian arts company, working with 15 other Christian artists www.veritasse.co.uk

November 2020- Painting as part of worship at the London School of Supernatural Ministries online conference.

October 2020- Two new works included in the Veritasse “New Originals” online exhibition

2019- Sale of A great light through the Veritasse website

2018- Sale of Driftwood Dragon (3)

November 2015- Feb 2016 “Chasing light”, a solo exhibition of 25 paintings in the Hafren Entertainments Venue gallery.

August 2015- Month long exhibition in Newtown Library entitled “Light and landscapes”, featuring 20 paintings.

2014  Paintings exhibited in Newtopia arts and crafts centre, High Street, Newtown. December 2014- Driftwood dragon sold. December 2015- Driftwood dragon 2 sold.

December 2014- Sale of “Calming the storm” through Veritasse website.

July 2014- As part of my Keep Wales Tidy role, I worked with 110 children from two schools to create a mural in an underpass prone to repeated graffiti.

June 2014- “Celebration” solo exhibition at Newtown library. 20 paintings exhibited.

April 2014- Beauty in sacrifice sculpture sold at Spring Harvest

30/11/13- 31/01/14 “First steps in autumn” and “Vyrnwy in autumn” exhibited in the Hafren Entertainments Venue open exhibition.

June 2013- “Light and life” solo exhibition at Newtown Library. Powys. 26 paintings exhibited.

April 2013- “Through the storm” painting sold at Spring Harvest

Summer 2012- Created a new artwork, “Spirit runner” for the Run with the Fire international Christian arts project.

April 2012- “Opening” and “Trinity” displayed and sold at Spring Harvest

March 2012 “Looking deeper”, a solo exhibition of 21 pictures at Newtown library, Newtown, Powys.

December 2011-January 2012 “In the beginning” exhibited at the “Revelation exhibition at Theatr Hafren, Newtown, Powys.

December 2011- Became director of Veritasse Ltd

April 2011- “Trinity”, “Holy Ground” and “Prayer” exhibited at Spring Harvest.

Jan 2011- “Harmony”, a solo exhibition of 18 paintings at Newtown Library, Newtown, Powys

August 2010- Work exhibited at New Wine – The Lord is my shepherd, Follow me and Pour over me V

May 2009- “A brush with the Almighty” in Chichester Cathedral, a group exhibition in which Sue exhibited Opening, I am with you and Trinity.

April 2009- Work exhibited at Spring Harvest

August 2008- Work exhibited at the Greenbelt Festival

April 2008- Work exhibited at Spring Harvest

2007-2009  Member of Uckfield Art Group, taking part in seasonal exhibitions by the group.

March 2007- Started working for Veritasse, a Christian arts company.

2005- As Art co-ordinator for Holy Cross School, Uckfield, I was the moving force behind the school’s application for the Artsmark award, for which we were awarded the highest Gold level.

2005-2010  Worship artist at King’s Church, Uckfield.

2005- Worship artist at Spring Harvest, Minehead.

2000- 2007 Creative input into Carnival floats for Kings Church, Uckfield.

1999- “Spice of life”, a joint exhibition with Christine Cooper in the All Saints Arts Centre, Lewes, East Sussex

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