Kathleen Edwards - Susan at 7
William Edwards -MTB in dock
Kathleen Edwards- CPO Edwards
Susan Edwards- Dad 1980
Following my Graphics Degree at Leeds College of Art, I worked as in-house Graphic Designer for a London Publisher, then as a Graphic Designer, in the Civil Service, Westminster.
Marriage and a family followed a move to Newcastle and I joined The Charlotte Press, Artist’s Printmakers in Newcastle, editioning stone and plate lithographs and etchings, and subsequently, I was invited to teach lithography and life drawing on BA and Foundation courses at Northumbria University.
Finding myself solely responsible for my 3 small children, I took a Post Graduate Secondary school teaching degree.
While teaching Fashion and pattern drafting A level I applied to the BBC for the students to appear on the Clothes Show, and we had a whole programme devoted to the students' work. They were never the same again!
As well as teaching full time, I maintained a studio for a decade, The Billiard Room Studio, within a stately home, for my own work painting portraits on commission, exhibiting within Northumberland and painting and writing articles, for 6 years as a regular contributor for The Northumbria County Magazine.
Remarried to a vicar in the Cotswolds, while taking on the role of vicar's wife, I took an MA in Fine Art in 2016 at Gloucester University to update my practice as a professional artist.
For the last 2 decades, I've had a whale of a time traveling the globe on cruise ships as Artist in residence, so I've not only taught thousands of people how to paint, I've now amassed hundreds of sketches which I intend to publish with tales of traveller's adventures.
TEACHING AND LECTURING
Northumbria University Foundation and BA Courses. Visiting Tutor – printmaking life drawing painting
Laing Art Gallery Newcastle. Visiting Tutor -collections
Watercolour workshops. Private stately homes, National Trust, English Heritage
Art History Appreciation Tours. Italy Spain France
Head of Fashion and Textiles design – course on BBC Clothes Show
Expressive and Performing Arts GCSE – new GCSE Design
Examiner for A Level art with Northern Exam Board.
Head of Art - Emmanuel City Technology College
Uppingham School – Visiting Tutor Leonardo Art Centre
The Rodney School- Visiting Tutor, Art and Expressive and Performing Arts
My Billiard Room Studio, Meldon Park, Northumberland
Award Winner ROI Portrait Evening
At work in my Watergarden Studio, Lord Ancram's Estate, Monteviot
New English Art Club 2021,
The best! My 6 year old granddaughter in my Hereford Studio announces
'Art is my life, art is!'
7 grandchildren of White Family, Alcester; Academic portrait for Dr A Williamson, Department of Politics and International Studies, Corpus Christi College Cambridge; Conversation piece Mr and Mrs D Mayers, Earl’s Vineyard, Sussex; Ms Suzie Knowles Cambridge; 2013 Winifred Phillips, first Lady Chelsea Pensioner , Royal Hospital Chelsea Collection; 2014 European Portraiture Project, IMOS Foundation Collection – two portraits of EU citizens, ‘Frank at 103’ from Austria (commended by Royal Portrait Society 2014) and Ulriika, Sweden; 2015 Portraiture for The Queen’s Swan Marker (Swan Upping); Conversation piece – Magdeline College Oxford; 2016 -2017 The grand-daughter of Baroness Seccombe DBE JP; Mr Michael Appleton; Dr and Mrs Richard Melton with their 6 children.
Portraits in the collections of: The Duke and Duchess of Roxburghe; Sir Hugh and Lady Anna Blackett, Northumberland; Sir Andrew and Lady Marnie Park, London; Lady Katie Townsend Rose; Baker-Cresswell family Northumberland; Steven Winkley, Head Man (retd), Uppingham School; Musical Evening at Fairfield House, Uppingham School; Maurice Galliers – Worshipful Company of Tailors, Shrewsbury; Augusta Barton; Robin Oakley BBC London; Col. Brian Gorsky, Commander of Northumberland Regiment of Fusiliers, Alnwick Castle; Headmaster J Jones, Newlands Prep School; Henry Spall, Washington USA; Al Bangart, Boston USA; Phillip Walling QC; Ralph Appleby, Chair of Governors, The King Edward VI School Morpeth, and Mr and Mrs Donald Vass, Berwickshire.
2023 Solo Exhibition ART AND SOUL, September 23, Hereford Cathedral
2023 Friends of The Royal West of England CREATE Exhibition, Bristol
2022 Friends of The Royal West of England CREATE Exhibition, Bristol
2021 SOLO EXHIBITION - INSPIRED BY LOCAL HEROES, HEREFORD CITY ART GALLERY
2021 HEREFORD COLLEGE OF ARTS Online Exhibition 'In The Frame' for International Women's Day
2021 HEREFORD ARTS AND CRAFTS SOCIETY Online Exhibition 'Me, myself and I'
2020 NEW ENGLISH ART CLUB, Mall Galleries, London
2020 THE GREENSTAGE GALLERY, Christmas show, Worcester
2020 THE ARTS AND CRAFTS GALLERY, Church Street, Hereford
2018 THE GARDENS GALLERY, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, solo show
2018 THE FOSSE GALLERY, Summer show, Stowe on the Wold, Gloucestershire
2018 H.ART AWARD WINNER OMP Gallery, Hereford
2018 OMP GALLERY, Hereford, solo show
2017 THE CIDER MUSEUM, Hereford, Artist in Residence
2017 HARDWICK GALLERY, University of Gloucester MA final Degree show
2015-6 MASTERS DEGREE Awarded Master of Fine Arts Degree at Gloucester University
2015 THIS ENGLAND MAGAZINE – featuring a portrait of The Queen’s Swan marker David Barber
2014 IMOS FOUNDATION: A Portrait of Europe,(portraits) Chelsea Plein Air
2013 CHELSEA PLEIN AIR GALLERY, King’s Rd (plein air painting)
2013 CHELSEA AND WESTMINSTER TODAY Article on The Firt Lady Portrait
2012 ROYAL INSTITUTE OF OIL PAINTERS Annual Exhibition Mall Galleries (Plein Air painting)
2011 ROYAL INSTITUTE OF OIL PAINTERS Portrait Evening Award
2011 WINTER’S GALLERY Stratford on Avon, one man show (Plein Air and studio paintings)
2011 BATH PRIZE COMMENDATION Exhibition (plein air painting)
2010 PETLEY’S GALLERY Cork Street, Summer Mixed Show (Plein air and sea paintings)
2008 KENNETH KENDAL GALLERY Isle of Wight (plein air and sea paintings)
2004 STAMFORD ARTS CENTRE, Life Drawings group show
2003 FELLOW OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS for contribution to Art Education
2003 CARLYSLE GALLERY, London
2001 ZELLA NINE GALLERY, Fulham
2000 WILLOUGHBY TRUST GALLERY Lincolnshire, Two man show with Brian Roxby ROI
1998 BROWNS GALLERY, Jesmond, Newcastle, One Man Show
1996 LIFE IN THE NORTH EXHIBITION CURATOR, (14 artists, Newcastle International City of Culture.
1995 CHANTRY GALLERY, Morpeth
1995 BONDGATE GALLERY, Alnwick One Man Show
1988 HATTON GALLERY, JOHN LAING EXHIBITION, Newcastle University, Award Winner
1985 BBC CLOTHES SHOW programme on my Fashion Design Course
1980 CHARLOTTE PRESS PRINT WORKSHOP EXHIBITIONS, Newcastle, lithography and etching
Master of Fine Art Research Gloucester University completed 2017
Statement describing the artist
I'm including the poem below because it speaks of the enjoyment of the journey through life. Ithaka, gave me the marvellous journey...