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I am a full-time artist living in Canberra, Australia painting with acrylics and airbrush on stretched canvas. My favorite subject matter is birds and I believe in mindfulness and the power of art to heal.

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ON EXHIBITION

A permanent exhibition of these original artworks by myself can be viewed by appointment in Canberra, Australia in our Gallery. Requests to see specific artworks to be hung and shown can be arranged. 

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ABOUT ME

I love birds, especially Australian birds and and fluffy creatures as well as painting. I also enjoy photography and geocaching with my husband and outdoor nature. I believe in mindfulness, wellness and positive psychology after experiencing CRPS and using knowledge of neuroscience- the mind- body connection and art to recover. I reject greed in any form and believe that the arts lead to communication and a more caring world. I wish happiness for all but have sadly seen the worse in humanity as well. I share my art now in the Hope that it creates a more caring and peaceful world and the people I meet now all have hearts of gold! 

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BIOGRAPHY

I was born in Rhodesia, immigrated to South Africa where I was educated and then immigrated to Australia.

I spent 20 years working as a medical technologist specialised in cytology in a fantastic environment at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, the place where the first heart operation took place. During this time we owned pet cockatoos and my knowledge of birds widened.

I then continued cytology in a vastly different situation in a private pathology laboratory in Canberra for 11 years redoing my  medical exams with distinction in 2011 before the cervical  screening prevention program was removed from the health budget as not cost effective in a tried and tested manner here in 2017. 

It was time to do my art something I started in high school and continued at Groote Schuur self learning the airbrush in Africa to paint a car.  I added IT and photography skills here in Australia with the help of my husband and I have been loving the art world immensely since going full time.

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TECHNIQUE

As a self taught airbrush artist, the education I received in high school in the art class was the basis for self discovery. Two books that were very helpful to me early on were specific to airbrush technique, I still have them even though our cockatoo attempted to eat one and I use them as references - just recently when splattering was occurring when I did not want that effect. A compressor is essential too and this was our first one after many attempts with a car tyre, it is huge and still has it's South African plug on, I have since upgraded to a smaller quieter one. I have used many mediums before as well, inks and gouache initially with the airbrush but I prefer acrylics now that I mix in small jars or use straight from the tubes. One last thing is my paintbrushes- some are special as they gifts from my husband and son but all are useful, I also use some natural stencils like feathers, fingers  and torn newspaper while creating my artwork on stretched canvases. 

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EXPERTISE

"After completing her primary school she received training and worked at GSH Groote Schuur Hospital that was linked to the University of Cape Town. Later, she did a diploma in Cytology when it was still at the infancy stage. She trained and worked in South Africa as a Cytologist for 20 years. Then, she migrated to Canberra, Australia and spent 11 years in a private laboratory. Her job involved peering through the microscope endlessly studying cluster of human cells mostly Pap smears that is history now." 

She is now a full-time artist living in Canberra where the husband-wife duo would photograph Australian birds and animals of interest.

Susan admits, ‘Painting a bird from a stock picture and photographing it in its actual surrounding is a different exercise altogether and studying its behaviour is a rejuvenating exercise.’

Quoted from Sanjiv Nair (Journalist/Writer/Art Critic & Author of: Purpose of Love and Face of Guilt & Other Stories) New Delhi, India.

https://susanwillemse.wixsite.com/artaustralianbirds/critical-review-sanjiv-nair

The images below show the cytology of HPV Human Papilloma virus under the microscope photographed by the artist for a Congress presentation in Africa and the first camera her husband brought. 

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AWARDS

Matric Art Prize Susan Willemse nee Parsons 1985

Artavita Certificate of excellence 26th International Artavita online art Contest, April 2018

Artavita Certificate of excellence 28th International Artavita online art Contest, July 2018

Circle Foundation of the Arts Circle affiliate Artist Certificate 2018, April 2018, France

Light Space and Time Online Gallery Special Merit Category 555 Special Art Exhibition, July 2018

International Award CARAVAGGIO Great Master of Art 7th December 2018, Italy

International Prize BOTTICELLI 9 February 2019, Florence

International Prize Diego Velazquez, MEAM in Barcelona, 6 April 2019, Barcelona 

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PAST EXHIBITIONS

RAW OVATION CANBERRA
23 August, 2018

The Albert Hall

http://rawartists.org/susanwillemse

International Bienal de Arte Barcelona, MEAM (European Modern Art Museum of Barcelona), 5-7 April 2019

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PUBLICATIONS

CyberWit India   Volume 11 Number 1 JAN. 2018 Harvests of New Millennium. Editor Dr. Santosh Kumar, May 2018.

 

Artandbeyond magazine Mila Ryk, The Publisher Choice Awards for the May/ June Art & Beyond 2018 Publications http://www.artandbeyondpublications.com/online_mag/2018/05/may-june-2018/

 

SPOTLIGHT Magazine - Issue 6. Contemporary Art magazine, France 18 June 2018, page 101 “Hope” Rainbow Lorikeet

 

CreativPaper, UK publication Magazine Feature: digital only,

Issue No. 11 Published on Sep 23, 2018  

https://issuu.com/creativpaper/docs/creativpaper_issue_no._011_5f93de3f99b5f0

 

We Contemporary International Art Catalog MUSA International art space, Alba Pinotti October 2018, Hardcover.

Art International Contemporary Magazine directed by Salvatore Russo issue #6 Nov/ Dec2018

Art International Contemporary Magazine directed by Salvatore Russo issue #2 March/ April 2019

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