Susannah Lawless

I am a contemporary landscape artist, specialising in acrylics. Having been born and raised on the Solway Plain, Cumbria and now living in Ilkley, it is these landscapes which inspire me the most.

My painting process is always driven by my love of the natural environment. The Solway Plain holds a special place in my heart. It is a land on the edge. A pause between mountains and sea. An escape. Yorkshire is full of inspiration. From the moorland which surrounds my home in Ilkley, to the vibrant spring meadows of the Yorkshire Dales.

The Cumbrian artists, Sheila Fell and Percy Kelly, are my biggest inspirations. Their depictions of terraced cottages and windswept fells and shorelines, capture my childhood memories in a way that could only be achieved through a common understanding of life in West Cumbria.

Recent exhibitions: Addingham Memorial Hall, March 2015; Cavendish Pavillion, Bolton Abby, March-September 2016, Ilkley Arts Art Trail, October 2017. My art has also been sold at Covet of Ilkley and Harrogate since 2015.

I get great enjoyment from networking with fellow creators and help run the collaborative art group “Creative Social”. The group meets every month at the Ilkley Arts Studio.