"I love the pure rich colours of nature, the unstoppable push for life, the eternal optimism of even the smallest and most frail of flowers. I feel a need to protect the natural world. In my paintings I try to share the wonder and delight I feel in the presence of nature's beauty and spirit."
Susan Haigh was born on Salt Spring Island and has always lived close to nature. Working in oils or acrylic on canvas or board, she creates compositions from her own reference photographs. With an eye for the special details that characterize each plant, her paintings are full of light and vibrant colour.
As a gardener, Susan has been continually surprised by the range of colours and variety of forms taken on by different plants. Textures and patterns abound, from the centre of a tiny flower to the broad view of a whole landscape. Mimicking the bold designs of nature, Susan's canvases echo the excitement and relentless energy of all life.
Susan Haigh studied at the Victoria College of Art from 1983 to 1985. She has taken part in many group exhibitions on Salt Spring Island, Vancouver Island and in Vancouver. Each May of 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003 she presented a solo show of paintings in her garden, placing the often larger than life flowers and leaves back in their natural surroundings. In 2004 her work was seen in eight different shows. 2005 she presented 'Florabundance' a solo show at Artspring in Ganges where, with the assistance of The Plant Farm, she brought a garden into the gallery. July 2006 she presented '50/50' a solo show where 50% of the proceeds went to charity. She continues to have a solo show or take part in group shows each year.
Over the years she has been represented by various Art Galleries on Salt Spring Island and in Victoria, BC. At present affiliated with none, her work can be found in her studio where visitors are welcome but an appointment is necessary.
Susan Haigh is an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.
Her paintings can be found in private collections in Canada, USA, Germany and New Zealand.