Frame of reference is a set of ideas, conditions, or assumptions that determine how something will be approached, perceived, or understood. "The observer interprets what he sees in terms of his own cultural frame of reference."
As a Canadian artist my frame of reference comes from my deep roots in this country and the heartening life of a child.
I am drawn to the landscape, to interiors, and to images of domesticity. I believe in the basic artistic expression of our innate creativity.
Many of my images are created from my imagination and have a story to tell. I like when things are a little off kilter, offering you a feeling more than the specifics of an image.
Regardless of what is painted the style remains consistent. Everything is a little playful, not quite real life, a little folksy, a little abstract. There can be a slight edginess to the image, but it still maintains a sense of whimsy and playfulness. While initially my work may seem charming, the viewer is invited to uncover layers of content and thought that may be peeking through.
Sue has been painting for over 30 years and lives in Port Credit, on the outskirts of Toronto, Canada.
Sue Archibald graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Guelph, specializing in painting, drawing and printmaking. Her studies continued with Grant McEwen School of Design in Alberta, The Toronto School of Art, Haliburton School of Fine Arts, and an ongoing association with The Etobicoke Art Group, Neilson Park Creative Centre, Visual Art Mississauga, Mississauga Arts Council and The Creative Hub 1352.
Sue mainly works in acrylic, applying paint, charcoal and pencil onto the canvas in order to energize the images with marks, lines and scribbles.
Sue exhibits her work in Southern Ontario through solo and joint exhibitions and juried shows. Awards of excellence have been won in many exhibitions. Her works can be found in private collections throughout Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.