Suzanne Walsh







Born in the 1950’s, a bit of a wild child running free in the countryside, chasing butterflies, exploring the creeks during the spring melt, laying in the tall grass with the wind and sun, and feeling one with nature has been a strong influence on my artistic process. Those memories are the most vivid of my youth.From a very young age I was drawn to self-expression through art and specifically abstract non-objective painting and drawing. The Art programs at the secondary school level provided the encouragement, validation and doorway into the realm of artistic expression that has served me well in many ways and this was the steppingstone into attending OCA (now OCAD).Attendance at OCA was short-lived, as I opened up a small antique store, naming it 1812 Overture which lead to co-founding Turn of the Century Lighting in 1978 which still exists today but without my presence. I mention this to say that though this part of my professional life was not specifically related to art it was a tremendously rewarding experience and, in many aspects, it was very much a visual, imaginative and creative process.I now have the opportunity to express more fully the artistic side that vitally informs who I am. I continue to attend art courses provided by such places as Halliburton School of the Arts and Toronto School of Art which contribute to enlarging my visual vocabulary.
The primary focus is on exploring the abstract and nonrepresentational aspects of an internal life working predominately in acrylic mediums. Nature and the universe speak to me deeply and they continue to influence my work to a great degree.For me, artistic expression enables opportunities to share and connect with others.Toronto-based Modern Contemporary Abstract Artist