About Susan: Biography

Internationally acclaimed New Zealand watercolor and oil artist Susan Harrison-Tustain’s highly sought after work will take you on an artistic journey.

Her passion for painting and for natural beauty and light allows the viewers of her work to feel part of the world she has captured. A world so life-like you can ‘smell’ the perfume of the roses, see the light as it glistens through a dew-drop or feel the nostalgic atmosphere she has created in her still lifes studies of much loved, time-worn objet d’art.

Her best selling Watercolor book “Glorious Garden Flowers in Watercolor” (North Light Books, Cincinnati, Ohio) has showcased her art to the world, and her newly released DVD’s show YOU how to paint exquisite watercolor of your own.

Susan’s Story:
Painting and drawing since childhood, Susan decided after an extensive trip to Europe and its national galleries to take her work to a professional level. Her exhibitions are much awaited events and are highly successful. Queues for the exhibitions start to form several hours before opening time and continue throughout the duration of the show. Susan’s work has been on several prestigious magazine covers and within the pages of many publications. She has featured twice on television and has written a book about her paintings and style “Glorious Garden Flowers in Watercolor”. You will also find her work in “Splash 6”, “Splash 7” and “Splash 8” (North Light Books).

“Glorious Garden Flowers in Watercolor” has been a best selling book of its type in the U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand, U.K., Europe and China.

The demand for Susan’s work far outweights her output. With this in mind she has released archival quality, signed and numbered Limited Edition Lithographs of her work and museum quality Iris Giclees of her latest paintings.

You’ll find Susan’s work represented in collections in the U.S.A., Britain, France, Italy, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand. She tutors workshops in New Zealand and USA which are in great demand and are attended by artists from all over the world. Passionate about a variety of subjects, Susan particularly loves to paint child studies, figurative studies, nude, still life, bird and floral studies. Painting intuitively, she has a natural affinity for watercolor and an innate ability to captivate the viewers of her work.

“I love to see people responding to my work and to hear the viewers of my paintings say they can smell the roses or feel as if they could reach into the painting and touch the aged leatherbound books as they emerge from the shadows into flickering candlelight”.

Her paintings capture the very ‘essence’ of her subject and the viewers find themselves lost in the world she has created. Susan lives in the beautiful, clean, green New Zealand countryside overlooking the picturesque coastal, port towns of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. Susan invites you to take a journey through the pages of her website. She likes to think of art as ‘timeless’ and trusts that, through her paintings, you will also feel the ‘passion’ and revelation she felt when the inspiration for each of her paintings was born.

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