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Artist has an eye for painting pets

May 7th, 2018 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, News, Top Picture

Susan Bradley holding a painted version of her cat Lucy.

Susan Bradley has come from near blindness to “purrfect” vision for pet portrait paintings.

Her journey began in 2007 when her sight was restored after suffering macular degeneration.

Susan’s Christian faith and support at her local church made a difference for her.

“I went to an Alpha meeting run by my local church where I received healing,” Susan (67) says.

She believes it was a miracle when her sight returned.

She then signed up for classes at Toi Pōneke, a community art group run by Stephanie Woodman, which taught her the stripped back details on how to paint.

“It all just started flowing from my head. I was so keen I just soaked everything up.”

While others drew human portraits, Susan painted her first tabby kitten, which sparked interest from her classmates.

Susan now specialises in painting both animal and people portraits, however she most enjoys painting cat faces.

“It just came from an absolute passion for cats,” says the owner of three cats.

She now sells her art for commission, once selling 18 portraits within two years.

She is also often called upon to repair paintings and picture frames, as well as redecorating old garden ornaments.

“It’s more of a love of painting rather than a little business.”

Susan feels that after her healing she must put her talents to good use.

“I owe it all to God, he gave me that gift back.”


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