Bromley-based painter and mum of three Suzanne Williams is one of our best selling artists. Despite having no formal art school training (she has a degree in sociology and trained as a careers advisor), Williams has an instinctive feel for colour, design and form. Describing herself as a 'hobby painter', she has to fit in painting around her parental duties. But like many time-pressed women Williams has made a virtue of necessity.
"Still life is something I can do while being a mum", she says." For years I only had restricted time and a small place to paint but on the other hand I'm coming up with ideas all the time... I draw my inspiration from nature and from everyday day things: it might be a vase, a cushion, a display in a shop, even the pattern on a duvet cover." It might even be something from the telly: "The inspiration for 'News At Ten' (white roses on a rich, wine-red background) was Hugh Edwards reading the news - these are the colours that came to me."
Williams describes her technique as "more impressionistic than realistic" (the Impressionists are her main inspiration). Using a palette knife and brush she builds up texture by applying layers of acrylic paint. Still lives like 'Pretty in Pink', ''Purple Posy', Green Tartan' and 'Cheeky Little Bunch' have a flat, patterned quality, her signature style, that sits well with home furnishings. Perhaps this is the secret of her success.
Since joining London Art a year ago, the demand for Williams' flower paintings has been so high that she has been forced to adapt the family garage into a studio. Now she's started taking commissions her husband can wave bye-bye to the garden shed too.