All images copyright Sue Kalab
Sue is a well-established professional artist who specializes in watercolours of Australian nature. She is also known for her voluntary conservation work. This stretches back to the early 1980s, when she lived and worked as an artist in Mallacoota, Victoria, a tiny town on the Wilderness Coast in Croajingolong National Park, and nature became her muse. Sue next lived on an Aboriginal community in the eastern Pilbara where she learned of a different culture, time and reality, reinforcing her role with nature and her art.
Her studio is by the bush and beach in Bunbury. She creates what the art writer and critique, Julie Prott, describes as "cultivated rusticity", a compliment to Sue's popular technique and style.
Sue calls her work "a soft realism".
Arts writer Judith McGrath comments, "Kalab not only talks to nature, she listens and learns ….. take time to engage with these powerful works of gentle beauty."
Diana McGirr, art historian and curator, writes, "An avid environmentalist and nature-lover, Sue handles the medium of watercolour and the subject of nature and its preservation with intense sensitivity ….. soft edges and white space provide contrasts that enhance the call to tread softly."
"On another note, Emeritus Dean Stewart MacPherson placed Sue’s art in the company of Henry David Thoreau and the "showings" (or revelations) of Julian of Norwich, and that Sue’s art "captures the essence of the glory of nature … its mystery and meaning, beauty and truth. To see, to truly see, the infinite in the “ordinary” is a great gift. Artists like Sue bless us by sharing that gift with us."
Sue has 24 solo exhibitions to her credit. She enjoyed continued success in 2018 exhibiting with the relatively new Collie Art Gallery.
"To own a Sue Kalab creation is to have a treasured possession for life." Gillian Peebles (Accredited Judge with the Royal Academy of Arts, London)
Sue is also a calligraphy artist - see her online GALLERY OF CALLIGRAPHY, sometimes a portraitist and sometimes a pet animal painter, go to GALLERY OF PORTRAITS
If you'd like to visit Sue's studio-gallery or send her a message - see CONTACT page.