Susie Murphy, an Edinburgh College of Art graduate, is inspired by the magic of Scotland and the world at large. Having been awarded two Royal Bank of Scotland purchase prizes, Susie’s work is now held in both private and corporate collections. Through the medium of acrylic on canvas she captures her love for the Highlands and Scotland’s enchanting beauty with effortless style.
“The changing moods of Scotland’s landscape and the natural environment is a great source of inspiration for me. Being present in such beauty is a special thing, and at times a magical experience. These are the experiences which touch the soul. They provide me with a tranquil oasis from the frenzy of modern living and I am passionate about sharing this with others through my art.
All of my childhood and formative years were saturated with nature’s wonder and summer holidays were spent on a campsite situated in the magnificence of the Highland’s ‘Road to the Isles’. During these years I developed a deep connection with the sea and Scotland’s dramatic changes of light and colour across its landscape. It is this connection that inspires me to create, and, in my paintings, I try to capture the rich sensory experience a place can invoke; layering the emotions, memories and feelings which come from witnessing the brilliance of nature.”
Growing up in the Scottish Borders and being the daughter of an architect had a huge impact on her formative years and future artistic direction. From an early age Susie was immersed in the wonder of nature and her father’s world of technical drawings, architectural models and illustrations, and she cites him as being integral to her work as an artist: “My father was a fantastic man with a wicked sense of humour, and amongst many other qualities, was an architect, watercolourist and an exquisite draughtsman. I was always fascinated and inspired by his ability to draw and paint a completely alien structure from architectural plans onto paper and photographs of the natural environment.
This inspiration and my fascination with successfully integrating alien objects into the natural environment has stayed with me. Whilst painting, I enjoy wrestling with the dualism of superimposed geometric shapes and the natural environment. For me, this duality symbolises man’s impact on nature and the precarious balance between progress and respect for natural life. I believe it is a delicate balance that we need to be collectively conscious of, especially if we as a species want to look forward to a future of health and abundance.”