Sue Terrey – Artist Statement

Colour is my passion and I work with Fibre, soft Pastel or Paint.  I’ve been a Feltmaker for more than 20 years and a Painter for many more years.  I began my journey with Acrylics but now choose Watercolour or Oil when I paint.  In pastels my preference is for the delicious Northumbrian-made Unison pastels; their colour range seems perfect for the bleak upland places in which I love to roam, and their texture is perfect for me.

My Fibre Art is usually made with a blend of colourful Merino fibre and naturally-coloured British breed fibre; some of the work contains fibre I’ve processed from fleeces I’ve been given by local farmers.  Often I incorporate various yarns into my work as if they are lines of pastel or paint and depending on whether this is pre- or post-felting they react in different ways in the fibre.

The landscape of the Plynlimon range, Dyfi valley and Cadair Idris are my inspiration and I’ve spent hours getting wet, being cold, or basking in sunshine whilst observing an area which resonates at some deep level of my soul.  Raw, un-peopled places with vast skies are the starting point for my work and I have thousands of quick sketches I’ve made on dog walks when I’ve turned to look back across at Cadair Idris or other high ground around me.