Artist Statement

I am a visual artist whose painting is predominantly representational with a focus on brushstrokes and qualities of light. My work explores the tension between physical, social, and emotional spaces. I am interested in the way people live and in finding beauty and insight in day to day living.

As I explore light and shadow I am also intensely focused on colour and how it informs my perception of light. I mix all of my colours from the primaries, even the blacks. This means that my palette is constantly changing from painting to painting. Within each painting there is also a fine and expansive variation in colour which reflects how I see the world around me.

Currently I’m working on a series of Vancouver streetscapes. This series captures moments of transition: day to night, red light to green light or clear skies to grey. These paintings are about being present and giving care to the place where I live. The background that I’m living in becomes the foreground as my city changes around me.


Suzy Arbor was born and raised in Vancouver and continues to live and work in the city. She received her BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2003. She also studied art at the Universidad Polytechnica de Valencia as an exchange student in 2002. In 2005 she graduated from UBC with a Masters in Library and Information Studies. During this program, Suzy completed a practicum at the library of the National Gallery of Canada. Suzy has exhibited throughout the lower mainland and at times further afield. She is currently represented by Art Junction Gallery in Whistler. In addition to building her art career, Suzy works as a librarian for the Vancouver Public Library.




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