Sue McDonagh

Sue McDonagh

Sue’s joyous appreciation of life is abundantly evident in the vibrant quality of her pictures, yet a less straightforward entry into the world of art couldn’t be imagined. Sue was a serving policewoman in Essex Police when she was diagnosed with an advanced ovarian cancer.

Having been given the all clear from cancer, she then cycled from John O’Groats to Land’s End and raised £6000 towards a new scanner for Barts Hosp, where she had been treated. 

She re-trained as a swimming teacher, and helped to train the local surf lifesaving club, qualifying as a volunteer lifeguard herself in the process, and going on to compete at National Level. The many hours spent patrolling the beach proved an endless source of inspiration, and she began to paint in earnest.

Although completely self taught, she continually explored new artistic territories and discovered new means of expressing herself. 

She is the resident cartoonist for prestigious publication The Picture Business, and a consultant for Lion Fine Print specialist suppliers, running regular workshops for clients wishing to self publish.

Sue has now found herself now painting largely to commission, enjoying the continual challenges set by her clients, but still finds time to exhibit whenever possible. 

Loving strong colour, she works mainly in pastel, acrylic or oil paint, continually seeking to push the boundaries of her artistic vocabulary.