The complex work of Susan Skuse combines layers of colour and pattern with layers of intellect. Drawing primary inspiration from the wildlife and rainforests of the Gold Coast hinterland, the artist uses her practice as a way to explore diverse interests in Asian philosophy and traditional art, textile pattern, bird watching and the phenomenology of perception. Each work goes through at least four processes, from an initial abstract background being laid down in lithographic ink to the application of delicate, decorative patterns, to a final checking and balancing of tone. During 2018, Susan’s work has been shown as a finalist in a number of national art prizes, including the Art Lovers Art Prize, of which she was named winner. Her paintings have found their way into many private collections around Australia and overseas.