tamborine mountain arts collective

Susan Lhamo


Abstraction is Susan's preferred genre, and she likes to convey multiple levels of meaning in her work.

Susan is inspired by landscapes of all kinds but use her memories of landscape as a point of departure when making artworks. The landscape, in her paintings, exists as a metaphor for the psyche, or parts of it, and has symbolic meaning.

Use of line and symbols often relating to ancient cultures now passed, are hinted at in her works. Painting as a process is important to her because the artwork unfolds and takes on a life of its own…it creates its own direction. Susan responds to this with spontaneous and gestural applications of paint. Continually throughout the process she assesses colour relationships and balance shapes, marks, and areas of paint.

Colour is highly significant for Susan as it expresses so many things and she finds that she’s attracted to strong vivid colours…she is constantly experimenting with different combinations, seeing how colours interact and speak to her.

Susan grew up in Brisbane and made art from an early age, training and then working as an art teacher. In 1987 she moved to northern NSW‚ and found much inspiration from the surrounding forests and ocean. Susan now resides on Tamborine Mountain, continuing her art practice, and walking in nearby forests.

Throughout her career she has participated in numerous group art shows, has held 5 solo exhibitions, and have taught many painting workshops.

Acrylics on canvas or linen is her favoured medium and her paintings hang in residences and corporate spaces.

Tmac acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands we operate on, the Wanggerriburras people and pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging.