Hello, my name is Susan Mills and I'd like to take this opportunity to Thank You for visiting my website. I hope you enjoy viewing the art as much as I have enjoyed painting it. And if you decide to purchase a piece, I thank you sincerely for supporting my work and I hope it brings you a lifetime of joy!
I am a self-taught artist and have been painting and drawing since I was old enough to get my hands on paper and the necessary instruments required. Painting was the one pursuit I could lose myself in and surprise myself with and so I always intended to go to Art College after secondary school. But at the 12th hour, I chose science. I went on to earn a Ph.D. and worked in research for many years. I painted when I could but those moments were rare and with time always being of the essence, I never produced anything I was happy with.
Still something was gnawing at me – there was something else I should be doing with my life. The gnawing became unbearable and one day I handed in my notice. It wasn’t my immediate intention to become a painter but something happened that changed all that. My beloved Tibetan terrier Lady died and in my grief I painted her and it was only then that I understood the power of painting what you love. I have always felt a connection with animals, with their vulnerability perhaps. Lady deepened that connection; she taught me the joy of loving and caring for another creature through her unconditional love for me. She taught me the true beauty and serenity of animals which I strive to capture in each of my portraits.
I work predominantly with acrylics.
My work has been featured on RTE Nationwide through the book, The Human Rescuers.
Distinctions and Awards:
2020 - International Fusion Art 5th Animal Kingdom Art Exhibition, awarded 4th Place.
2023 - Teravarna International Juried Competition in Animal, Talent Prize Award.
2023 - Light Space Time 13th "Animals" Art Exhibition, Special Recognition Category for Excellence in Art