Susan Mary Neill
Born in Port Shepstone, Natal, South Africa, I remember collecting silkworms from the mulberry bushes at the corner of the road I took to school. I was entranced watching them create their cocoons in the shoe box that had become their home. Thus began my fascination with all things wild. The wilderness and outdoor life was an integral part of our family lifestyle. Camping and hiking were pursued religiously at every opportunity. From an early age I began scrambling up and down mountains with my family. The mountains have always been an important part of my life, although the prairies are quite extraordinary in their own way. There is something intoxicating about the physical connection to the earth that one feels when clinging to the side of a mountain. The abundance of different species of wildlife is amazing to me. From the tiniest insect to the largest mammal, all life intersects in many ways. Nothing is insignificant. This is how I evolved the intersecting shapes in my paintings. I see the universe as an ever expanding tapestry, with threads woven together to create an endless profusion of life forms. As an artist I interpret the world other forces have created. It is very humbling.