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Sue Ransley - Artist Statement

Sue Ransley is an artist who specialises in painting pictures of everyday people. Her goal is to provide a light-hearted perspective on life, capturing the warmth and humanity of her subjects. Through her artwork, she hopes to evoke a sense of familiarity, allowing viewers to recognize something in the image that reflects someone they know or a certain behaviour.


Sue's journey as an artist began later in life, after she experienced an illness and decided to take up painting. Fortunately, she found an art tutor who helped her discover her unique style. The majority of Sue's work is done in oil, although she occasionally explores water-based media as well. When working with oils, Sue starts by drawing with paint. The lines she creates become an integral part of the finished piece. On the other hand, when using water-based media, she skips the initial drawing and dives straight into painting the masses with a loaded brush. This process requires a zen like approach, hence it happens infrequently. Regardless of the medium, Sue's focus is always on capturing the essence of the image rather than getting caught up in finer details.


All of Sue's artwork is inspired by people she has observed while engaging in her favourite activity: people watching. Armed with a sketchbook and camera, she immerses herself in the world around her, documenting the moments that catch her eye. Through her paintings, Sue aims to share her unique perspective on everyday life and the people who inhabit it.



Arundel Gallery Trail - Kings Arms Hill - 17 to 26 Aug

Surrey Artist Open Studios - 20 to 23 Jun

AppArt - selected artist - 30 Mar to 13 Apr

Wave - Oxmarket Contemporary - January

Worthing Museum - Open 2023 - to 14 April

Scout - Galleri Heike Arndt, Denmark 

Folkestone Art - Winter Group Show - Jan

Linden Hall Studio - Winter Group Show - Jan


Worthing Museum - Open 2023 - to 14 Apr

Linden Hall Studio - Winter Group Show - Dec

Folkestone Art - Winter Group Show - Dec

Guildford House Gallery - Open - Dec

Scout 2023 – International Group Show at Galleri Heike Arndt, Denmark.  Oct to Dec

Surrey Artist of the Year Finalist – New Ashgate Gallery – Oct

Arundel Gallery Trail - August

Twitter Art Exhibit – Vancouver – postcard art 

Galerie Heike Arndt, Berlin – Fresh Legs 2023

Surrey Artist Open Studios – Bramley – Jun

Folkestone Art – Spring Group Show – Apr

AppArt – Godalming – Apr

The Power of the Pencil – ArtCan virtual show

Guildford Institute – two artist show – April


Breathing Out – Climate Change Exhibition

Legacy - The Crypt Gallery – Sep

Arundel Gallery Trail – Kings Arms Hill – Aug

Arts to Hearts Project - ‘Ready to Wear’ - online

Oxmarket Open – inaugural open call – Aug

Ryebank Gallery – selected artist ‘Aqua’

Surrey Artists Open Studios - 18 to 26 Jun

Ryebank Gallery, Rye – Open Call - May

AppArt - Godalming - April

The Lightbox, Woking – ‘Family’ – an 8-artist group show. Ap

Linden Hall Studio – Winter Group Show – Jan


Surrey Artist of the Year Finalist - New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

Arundel Gallery Trail - Kings Arms Hill - Aug

Yvonne Arnaud Summer 2021 - Mill Studio - Guildford Arts  - July

Surrey Artists Open Studios - June

Linden Hall Studio - Winter Group Show - Jan


Portrait Artist of the Week featured my 'Robbie Rinder' as part of their title page image. May 2020
Contemporary British Portrait Painters featured 'Plane Spotters' online May 2020
Cass Art featured 'Leopard Print Lover' as part of their online campaign #CassApplause
Linden Hall Studio - Winter Group Show selected artist - January


Red Dog Gallery - 'Wish you were here' - Oct

Holly Bush Emerging Woman Painter Prize Finalist, Hampstead

Surrey Open Studios, 7 artists - Venue 94 - Jun

AppArt – Godalming - Apr

Creates Gallery Emerging Artist Award, Monmouth - Winner - Feb

Artworks, Group Show at The Oxmarket, Chichester - February


Red Dog Gallery - December 2018

Chester Art Beat - October 2018

Arundel Gallery Trail – 2013 to 2018

Holly Bush Emerging Women Painter Prize Finalist - July 2018

Surrey Artist Open Studios 2014 to 2018

London Art Show, Coningsby Gallery 2017
The Nehru Centre, with Gabriel Fine Art 2017

Artrooms London, Finalist - January 2017

Clyde & Co w/ Guildford Arts - 2014 and 2017

Previously shortlisted for the National Open Art Competition, & had 2 paintings shortlisted for the Royal West of England Academy show.

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