Sue HIBBERT-ARNAUTOVIC - Watercolour Society of WA Inc

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Sue’s earliest memories that brought her to her passion today were spent with her Father. As kids, she and her sister Christine, would explore the Darling ranges in Perth with their father Lawrence, observing nature at proximity. She grew a young artistic eye, apt for the Australian landscape. Encouraged to draw, Sue always knew from a young age that she wanted a career in creativity.

After high school, Sue completed a Diploma in Fashion Design from Bentley Technical College in 1982. She worked for six years in the industry, enjoying the opportunity to work independently, owning her own business for several years, and moving to Melbourne for 2 years to work in fashion production and fashion illustration. In 1988, Sue studied Graphic Design at Curtin University in Perth, graduating in 1990 and commencing employment as an art consultant and freelance graphic designer.

Always drawn to fine art, she also pursued many evening classes in figure drawing and painting during this time. After starting a family in 1993 with her husband Peter, Sue discovered her passion for the watercolour medium. After experimenting in pastel, oils, and mixed media, along with her knowledge in design and textiles, Sue specialized in watercolour.
Sue travelled around Australia in 2002, experiencing a taste of the Australian outback, and a plethora of gorges, canyons, and unique scenery, such as the Karijini National Park and Bungle Bungle range. Sue returned with adamant drive to paint more, and paint what she loved, particularly scenes from the Pilbera and Kimberley region.

Sue joined the Watercolour Society of WA in 1999, and has been involved as a member, exhibiting her work in the Annual Awards Exhibition and demonstrating at various events. Sue has also taught watercolour painting at the Beaufort St Community Centre, just out of the Perth CBD, for over ten years. Sue has won many awards for her painting including 1st prize Best Water-based Media Morawa Art Festival, 1st prize Best Water-based Media Beverley Art gallery purchase exhibition, Category of watercolour winner City of Melville Art Awards, 1st prize Best Watercolour South Perth Society of Arts & Craft Heritage Exhibition, MCAA Awards colour award, and many highly commended awards. Sue participates in many local exhibitions, as well as country, WA, and Victoria.

Sue had her first solo exhibition, ‘Watercolour Reflections of WA’ in 2012 at Ellis House Community Art Centre. The exhibition featured exclusively paintings from WA, including scenes from Rottnest, the Swan River, and the Northern regions of Australia. Later in 2012, Sue travelled to Europe with her family. This has brought about new sources of inspiration for painting subjects abroad. Sue continues to challenge herself in the medium, always aiming to reflect the mood and essence of the subject and capturing light through watercolour.

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