Throughout recorded history gold has been regarded as a symbol of wealth, beauty and prestige, used for high value coins, jewellery, decoration and the arts. Amongst fine 24 carat gold’s particular properties is its malleability, meaning it can be beaten into very thin sheets, forming gold leaf.   

Below the images is a description of my journey of discovery of painting on 24 carat gold, silver and palladium leaf.


A visit to the spectacular art-based multimedia Carrières de Lumières’ show in Les Baux-de-Provence, France, inspired me to forge a new path on my artistic journey. The show was titled ‘Klimt and Vienna, a century of gold and colours’. It electrified my imagination and drove me to delve into a completely new way of creating my art. Painting in oil on 24 carat gold leaf, palladium leaf and silver leaf (known as the ‘noble metals’) provides a whole new set of challenges for an artist.

Months of research involving leading world experts in art conservation and materials has given me the knowledge and expertise to understand this ancient art and to ensure I use the very best materials and techniques to create my unique new art collection. The passion I have for painting on leafing is wonderfully challenging and incredibly exhilarating. Illuminated by ever-changing light throughout the day, the metallic leaf comes to life and brings a whole new dimension to my paintings.

Imagination and artistic vision add a twist to each piece. The more you look the more you will see. As I paint, combining elements of four painting styles (surrealism, symbolism, realism, impressionism), the work takes on a life of its own,  allowing me to express the reason for the painting’s existence.

My ‘Free Spirit’ painting series will be unveiled at my October 2017 Exhibition.

Susan offers a select collection of fine art prints.

Click on the images below to view the other galleries of oil and watercolor paintings:

Figurative Paintings by Susan Harrison-Tustain
Flower Rose Paintings by Susan Harrison-Tustain
Still Life Paintings by Susan Harrison-Tustain
Wildlife & Bird Paintings by Susan Harrison-Tustain
Miscellaneous Paintings by Susan Harrison-Tustain
Framed Paintings by Susan Harrison-Tustain

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