In the hands of Darmouth artist Susan Paterson, the textures of unfurling birch bark, long forest shadows, the clear light of an early morning pasture full of sheep are caught and held suspended, elegant silence. Using copper plate etchings as her printmaking medium, Paterson captures the delicate tracery of waves and branches, the stark and surprisingly varied quality of snow. Working from a calm and meticulous distance, Paterson allows us to stumble quietly on a landscape we might otherwise miss, and to contemplate the dramatic posing as the ordinary. The same serenity can be found in the more intimate world of her floral studies and interiors, where she is equally adept at establishing scenes of quiet ambiance.
Born in Halifax, Paterson studied with Ted Pulford and David Silverberg at Mount Allison University, while earning a BFA. Working primarily in oils and watercolour, she went to refine her painting and drawing skills at Sunbury Shores, St. Andrews, and the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, England. In 1979, she studied lithography and etching at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Paterson has exhibited her work at galleries in Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and has been commissioned by organizations such as the Victoria General Hospital, Halifax N.S., the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Dartmouth Heritage Museum, Dartmouth, N.S. Her work can also be found in the collections of Husky Oil, the Bank of Detroit, Citibank, Nova Scotia Art Bank, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Bell Canada, Employment and Immigration Canada and many other corporate and private holdings.
Category: Print Making