STILL life, abstract and landscapes will fill South Alive’s The Pod, behind The Pantry this month.
Featuring mainly acrylic works, artist Susan Cook will be showing her first exhibition, aptly titled The First
Also known by her married name of Slaughter, Cook paints under her maiden name.
Born and bred in Invercargill, Cook said she had been painting since the age of 8.
“My parents encouraged me to attend Saturday morning art classes as a 10-year-old.”
During her third year there, she was chosen to attend specialist painting classes, which were led by one of Invercargill’s top artists.
“Although I learned so much from her at the time… unfortunately, I cannot remember her name.”
Cook also studied art throughout high school at Southland College, where the Southern Institute of Technology was now.
“Jim Gilmore, my art teacher, was a great inspiration to me.”
It would be another five years after leaving college in 1976 before Cook “picked up a paint brush”.
“It was then, that I really appreciated my art ability.”
However, it was after watching New Zealand artist Da’Vella Gore paint a landscape during a women’s church meeting, she was inspired to paint landscapes, she said.
Thirty years on, happily married to “a wonderful husband who supports my painting”, and a mother to two grown children and grandmother to five children, Cook still painted landscapes, and had begun to explore painting still life and abstract works.
“I consider my talent to be a gift from God to be shared for all to enjoy.”
The First exhibition, by Susan Cook (Susan Slaughter), Monday, March 23, to Friday, March 27, 9am-3.30pm daily, The Pod, at the back of The Pantry, Grace St, South Invercargill.