Sue, a photographer with international experience and awards, is the owner of Adelaides Sue Smith Photography (ASSP)® with focus on Architecture, Industrial and Aerial photography and started creating paintings again begin of 2017.
Her biography is a bit different to the usual bios as Sue like to inspire and encourage people living too with disability and also the youth to realise that it is possible to reach a goal, to realise dreams, to be unstoppable when believing in yourself and accept help.
Sue was raised in Germany. In her early childhood she loved to paint with crayons, one day as her daddy left his office for a few minutes he found his design plans adorned with flowers and little animals. Instead getting mad he taught Sue how to colour in the right way and from then on his construction plans were adorned with trees, grass, flowers and animals (it was 60+ years ago unusual that engenieering plans were presented this way) but after hearing the story the building department accepted and loved Sue’s adornments (years after it was usual that architects lodged their plans adorned by outdoor elements).
At school the art classes were very enjoyable for Sue until she got the worst mark for a drawing of a baby she worked on for weeks when her parents thought her deep asleep. As the teacher did know her fathers occupation she accused little Sue that she did present a work done by her daddy or at least not without help of her father. Despite a conference by her parents the teacher did not reverse the mark and from then on she didn’t like to attend the art classes or doing any kind of Art.
Long after this school dilemma Sue experienced a traffic accident which made a total reconstruction of her leg from the knee down necessary as all bones where shattered, she was long wheelchair-bound and later for a long time in a rehab clinic where she got friend with a lady. This lady was a famous painter and it was her who led Sue back to the Arts. Sue’s first work was fine flowers in pastel colours dotted on silk paper with watercolour.
Her mentor taught and encouraged Sue to experience different styles of Art and trying new things so Sue created graphicals in ink, later then watercolours. Her graphicals were exhibited and sold in the Art Gallery of her mentor’s friend in Paris. Sue again lost interest in the Arts after this owner gave pressure on her in delivery of a big amount of this paintings which Sue did for fun and not for commercial reason.
Out of the wheelchair, Sue worked as freelance reporter and photographer for newspapers and magazines, one of her clients booked her for the gala launch of a famous artist at the Art Gallery in the city. Call it fate the artist she had to interview and report about was her former mentor.
She again encouraged Sue to take on to paint again and one of her larger works, a river scene, was sold by a gallery in France to a high price but again Sue concentrated rather on her job as successful photographer than on painting.
Another bad accident left Sue with a permanent disability which made it impossible to hold the weight of her SLR cameras, changing lenses and filters. It was a doctor (hobby photographer) who encouraged Sue doing photos with her little digital camera, a Olympus FE-270. Every fortnight she had to present her works and soon he got her mentor and biggest critique.
Being out of a colourful life, not able doing sports and a lot of other activities anymore caused severe depression and anxiety. It was again this doctor who discussed and encouraged her to open an Art Gallery.
Sue liked the idea but rely on high dosed narcotic drugs about the permanent debilitating pain, the depression, anxiety, appointments with health providers, seemed not to match with owning an Art Gallery but he didn’t stop and showed her the photo of a premises for lease and suggested to send an Expression of Interest.
Sue indeed got a lease contract and had four months to find a new way to cope with the pain, an other way than being on morphine. Help was found in a small Queensland hospital where she learned ways to cope with pain and with his the delight in life and the photography was back. Sue took her Olympus OUZ out off the box as she is not able to use an SLR anymore and bought a bridging camera Pentax X-5 which she loves about the huge zoom.
Back from QLD Sue did set up the gallery with help of friends, it was a mental hurdle to learn to accept the mobility restrictions and to learn to embrace the help of friends.
Her own story made her to give priority to artists with a disability and the Youth. One of this artists did run during her SALA exhibition a watercolour workshop. Encouraged by artist and participants Sue joint in and realised that the enjoyment in painting came back and so “JOURNEY OF THE SOUL” was created and was in 3/2018 awarded a SM by LST.
Since then Sue created Abstracts, Modern Art, Digital paintings, entered photographic works and paintings in Art Shows & Competitions and is
participant at two big venues with historic importance for the SALA 2018 Festival.
Remark: Sue did supervise the installation of 2016 Rotary Port Adelaide Art Show whith more than 550 works in different shapes and sizes.