Susan Paterson

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I have lived in Nova Scotia most of my life and throughout my career have turned to the local landscape for inspiration. I especially enjoy trying to capture the warm early morning light with it's dramatic contrasts. I'm also inspired by the light, shadow and textures of still life and interior scenes, usually getting material from my own home.

I first learned the etching technique at Mount Allison University and although I've tried most other print mediums, I've chosen to concentrate on etching. I like the fine detail that can be obtained. I work with a diamond tipped etching needle and a magnifying glass. In my latest work I've been using cross hatching for tonal areas, drawing lines very close together in different directions so that they create tones."

- S. Paterson


In the hands of Dartmouth artist Susan Paterson, the textures of unfurling birch bark, long forest shadows, the clear light of an early morning pasture full of sheep are caught and held in suspended, elegant silence. Using copper plate etchings as her printmaking medium, Paterson captures the delicate tracery of waves and branches, the stark and surprisingly varied quality of snow. Working from a calm and meticulous distance, Paterson allows us to stumble quietly on a landscape we might otherwise miss, and to contemplate the dramatic posing as the ordinary. The same serenity can be found in the more intimate world of her floral studies and interiors, where she is equally adept at establishing scenes of quiet ambiance.

Born in Halifax, Paterson studied with Ted Pulford and David Silverberg at Mount Allison University, while earning a BFA. Working primarily in oils and watercolor, she went on to refine her painting and drawing skills at Sunbury Shores, St. Andrews, and the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, England. In 1979, she studied lithography and etching at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Paterson has exhibited her work at galleries in Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, and been commissioned by organizations such as the Victoria General Hospital, Halifax, N.S., the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Dartmouth Heritage Museum, Dartmouth, N.S. Her work can also be found in the collections of Husky Oil, the Bank of Detroit, Citibank, Nova Scotia Art Bank, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Bell Canada, Employment & Immigration Canada and many other corporate and private holdings.

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Brief Biography

Name: Susan Paterson

Born: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Media: Etching, watercolor

Studio: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Education: Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B., BFA; Byam Shaw School of Art, London, England; Sunbury Shores, St. Andrews, N.B., Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Halifax, N.S., Lithography

and Etching.

Selected awards:

Lincoln M. Alexander, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario-Award of Excellence, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, 1989

Elizabeth Greenshield's Grant, 1981

Selected Solo Shows:

Libby's of Toronto, 1989,1991

Duke of Argyle Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1986, 1988, 1990

Lyghtesome Gallery, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, 1985 & 1991

Fog Forest Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick, 1985, 1987, 1990

Manna Fine Art Gallery, Kleinburg, Ontario, 1988

Univ. College of Cape Breton, Sydney, N.S., St. Francis Xavier Univ.,

Antigonish, N.S., 1987 (travelling)

J. Arends Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, 1984

Selected Group Shows:

Art Expo '94, Art Gallery of N.S., 1994

"Visual Facts" Visual Arts N.S., Dalhousie Univ., Halifax, N.S., 1986

Village Square Art Gallery Ltd., Carp, Ontario, 1985

Art Gallery of N.S., Halifax, N.S., 1984

J. Arends Gallery, Edmonton, 1983

Selected permanent collections:

Husky Oil, Bank of Detroit, Nova Scotia Art Bank, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Bell Canada, Citibank, K.K. Sakai, Tokyo, Japan, Olympia & York Developments; Dofasco Ltd., Employment & Immigration Canada,

Atlantic Lottery Corporation.

Upcoming Events:

September 1994: Release of " A View from Dartmouth" a commissioned limited edition etching for the Dartmouth Heritage Museum. The image is taken from a circa 1850 lithograph in the museum collection. The piece is 24" x 36" with an edition of 100 that will be sold by the Museum as a fundraiser.

November 1995: Solo Exhibition, Dartmouth Heritage Museum, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

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In review

Susan Paterson's etchings have stood out, gaining well deserved praise and recognition for their exquisite technical execution and fine sensitive portrayal of Nova Scotian scenes."

Casket, Antigonish, Nova Scotia

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Available Prints

SP-1 "Birch Trees"


"The feature print uses line etching and hand colouring. The image is drawn using line and printed in black; then I've added colour with watercolour to each print by hand." - S. Paterson

Hand Coloured Etching; Edition 50; Size 13 3/8" x 7 3/8"; Produced for the Lyghtesome Print Folio, 1994; $295.

Technical Specifications - Feature Print

Paper Type: BFK Rives Velin Curve, 250 gsm, white

Inks: Charbonnel - black #55985

Plate: Copper

Press: Charles Brand Press

Assisted: No (solo)

Runs: One run, then handcoloured with Winsor & Newton watercolour


SP-2 "Sitting Room"

An inviting Victorian sitting room, all in warm sepia tones.

Etching; Edition 50; Size 14" x 14 1/4" (vertical); 1992; $225.


SP-3 "Dawn At Laurencetown"

A close-hand view of crashing surf and foam-crested waves rolling in along the shore catching the blues, pinks, and yellows of a brightly colored dawn.

Etching; Edition 50; Size 9 5/8" x 19 5/8" (horizontal); 1990; $250.


SP-4 "Front Street"

A view down the snow-laden main street of the historical and picturesque ship-building town of Sherbrooke, N.S. restored to look as it did 100 years ago. All in rich brown tones.

Etching; Edition 50; Size 8 3/4" x 15 3/4" (horizontal with rounded corners); 1989; $140.


SP-6 "Pitcher & Basin I"

A still-life with an old fashioned wash basin and bowl, in soft pastel teal blue on a white runner, placed on an antique wooden dresser with mirror.

Etching; Edition 50; Size 5 1/8" x 7 1/8" (vertical); 1984; $125.


SP-7 "Village Meadow"

A long view across a snowy field of the outskirts of a village with its fenceline and buildings in grey with subdued red-brick trim. The moody winter sky blends into the dark brown and grey of the adjacent woods.

Etching; Edition 50; Size 10 1/4" x 17 5/8" (horizontal with rounded corners); 1990; $160.


SP-8 "Fuchsia"

Portrait of a small cluster of Fuchsia flowers, buds and vine. Beautifully colored against a white background .

Etching; Edition 50; Size 5 7/8" (circular); 1998; $225.

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