Susan describes her work as “based in the traditions of oil painting, providing a deep sense of continuity with the past. Recently I have focused on bringing line and gesture to the surface, inviting my audience to slip beneath the surface of the canvas and find their own narratives amongst the suggestions of place and character.”
The title for this painting is from a letter by Arthur Rimbaud to Paul Verlaine. Arthur Rimbaud was a 19th century French poet who produced great works while still in his teens. Paul Verlaine was a well known poet in his day, and the two struck a tormented relationship after a period of correspondence initiated by Rimbaud.
The Dalhousie Art Gallery held a major exhibition of Susan’s work in 2004. In addition to the two paintings on loan to the Killam, the gallery has two other works by Susan (on paper). The Dalhousie Art Gallery has a mandate to collect work by emerging and established artists from the region, the country, and beyond, and Susan is an important figurative painter with a firmly-supported national reputation.