It's MY Turn
Australian How To Paint|Issue 34
It's MY Turn
Being a teacher, mother, business woman and active community member wasn’t enough for this artist, who decided that she also needed to follow her artistic ambitions.
Sue Lederhose

I began my true artistic journey 11 years ago in 2002, when I considered it was high time for a bit of selfishness in my life. I had played with creativity as a child, experimented in oils as a teenager and encouraged art in all my teaching roles as an adult. When it came time to pursue my own art dreams, watercolour was what I wanted to do. I had spent years touring galleries, studying and admiring works of art that were way beyond my financial means. In the end I decided that I just needed to paint my own!

Watercolours were inspirational because of transparent beauty and the flow of the medium. I loved the clean power that could be expressed through this medium. The techniques were initially learnt by methodically working through books obtained from the local library. I worked on a corner of the kitchen table for several years, using white dinner plates as my palette. Being of a mature age I knew what I wanted and what I could do, and was prepared to put in the hard yards to achieve it. I juggled my work as a teacher, the mother of a large family, including a newborn baby with colic, a business woman and an active role in the church and community because this was important to me. I was inspired! I was having success and my spirit was light. I have been pursuing my dream in a dogged, unrelenting fashion ever since.

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