Susannah Lawless

I am a contemporary landscape artist, specialising in acrylics. Having been born and raised on the Solway Plain, Cumbria and now living in Ilkley, it is these atmospheric northern landscapes which inspire me the most.

The Solway Plain holds a special place in my heart. It is a land on the edge. A pause between mountains and sea. An escape. Yorkshire is full of inspiration. From the moorland which surrounds my home in Ilkley, to the vibrant spring meadows of the Yorkshire Dales.

My paintings are always driven by my love for the natural environment. When planning a new painting, I try to absorb as much of the landscape as possible. I walk in all weathers, take photographs, collect pebbles and other natural materials which I then take back to my studio. I often paint from the photographs I have taken, but when creating more abstract pieces, I rely on my memories and use the foraged materials to help develop my palette.

Recent exhibitions include: Cavendish Pavillion, Bolton Abbey, Mar-Sep 16; IlkleyArts Art Trail, Oct 17, Oct 2018; Cherrydidi Keswick, Jan – Jun 18; IlkleyArts Art and Gift Fair, Dec 17.