ABOUT SUE RYLAND
Sue is a South Cotswold artist who specialises in oil painting and pyrography. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, she is passionate about documenting, in oil paint, the wildlife she encounters. All her work is based on observation and her own photographs, taken in the wild.
In 2018, she travelled to Churchill, Manitoba where she was able to spend time among the polar bears, her 'first love'. This inspired The Bears of Hudson Bayseries of oil paintings. She then visited Katmai National Park, Alaska where she witnessed grizzly bears during the salmon spawn. That experience formed the basis of her latest series of oil paintings, entitled The Bears of Katmai.
We have a curated selection from both these bear series on show here. Every work shows a deep sensitivity towards the creatures and an almost palpable connection with them, perfectly capturing their expressions as well as their fur, their stance and their habitat.
Sue is acutely conscious that both the polar bears and grizzlies are endangered – largely due to loss of habitat and dwindling food sources – so there is also a strong ecology aim in her work, to bring these creatures and their plight to wider attention.
Sue's BA in Textiles and Fine Art is from West Surrey College of Art and Design. Her work is in private collections as well as in the permanent collection of The Museum in the Park in Stroud, Gloucestershire.