I couldn’t ignore it anymore. After years of working as a graphic designer for other people, a nagging feeling that I needed to express myself creatively as a person started to build up inside me and it had to get out. Creating my paintings is a healing process for me and allows me to convey my sheer love of colour and life.
The main inspiration for my joyful paintings is the natural world – namely birds and flowers.
I use an experimental yet intuitive approach to create a signature palette of colours and form in my abstract paintings, which are both calming and energising. I like to make statement pieces that are uplifting and, ultimately, hopeful.
Susie Monte is now an Albury-based artist who creates colourful, abstract, geometric paintings. Her intoxicating composition and crisp technique underpin her artworks with a calming energy derived from nature, her primary inspiration source.
Susie earned her Master of Design from RMIT in 2011 and her Graduate Certificate of Visual Arts from the VCA in 2014. Her work is held by collectors around the world and she has exhibited across Melbourne, including at Monsalvat in 2017.
Interview and studio tour