Sue Atkinson, born in 1949 in Bradford, has built a following for her town and seascape paintings of ordinary people going about their lives. She has said ” Painting gives me the opportunity to express my enthusiasm for nature through landscapes, and observing people – with some curiosity and humour – in my conversation pieces and figure painting.”
She studied art at Wakefield College of Art and worked as a journalist with the Wakefield Express before launching her career as a freelance professional artist.
Sue’s work has been widely exhibited over the years, including at Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions, The New English Art Club, The Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour, The Royal Society of Marine Artists and in The Singer Friedlander/ Sunday Times Watercolour Competition.
Sue has won a number of prestigious awards for her work. In 1999 she was nominated South Yorkshire Artist of the Year and in the same year was awarded joint first prize at the Hull Ferens Open Exhibition. In 2000 she was the winner of the Manchester Academy Small Picture Award; other awards include: South Yorkshire Artist of the Year; and a Royal Watercolour Society Saunders Waterford Award.
She currently works now from a studio in the Wakefield area and is a member of the Leeds Fine Art Club and the Fylingdales Group of Artists. Sue is also the President of the Wakefield Art Club.
In addition to her work sold at exhibitions, it is sold a range of galleries, including online, and can be viewed in West Yorkshire at Todmorden Fine Art , in their Water Street gallery.