Sue Lord is one of Cornwall’s leading seascape artists. Her work reflects her fascination with the movement, reflections and colours of water. Hours and days spent watching the transient moods of the sea result in stunning paintings; their stillness, subtleties and rhythm are enthralling.
After a childhood in Warwickshire and Dorset, Sue took time out to work in the International Pestalozzi Village in Sussex and then Warwick hospital before going to College of Education in Brighton to study for a B.Ed. in Art and Psychology. She then taught in the pioneering Social education at Eltham Green School in south London before joining the English and Drama department of South Hackney school. It was here that she became renowned for her spectacular stage sets which were inspirational for all involved.
Ill at ease with inner city life, she realised her dream of living by the sea and joined the English department at Looe Community School. Again Sue used her artistic talents in designing exceptional stage sets for many productions including ‘Goodnight Mr. Tom’, ‘The Wind in the Willows’, ‘Annie’, a musical with Peter Skellern and many more. Her involvement with the arts in the school led her to become Head of Art and her final project was creating an opera with the Royal Opera House resulting in the children performing at Covent Garden.
With her love of nature and boats, Sue became the first female Polperro Harbour Trustee and was also known as ‘the swan lady’ when nesting swans became a cause celebre.
She retired from teaching in 1979 but continues to do occasional art workshops at The House on the Props. Deeply committed to ecology, she is working on projects with P.E.G., the Polperro Environmental Group, and continues to develop her own cliff-top allotment to which she is now adding two beehives. Needless to say, she continues to be absorbed in painting.