About Susanne Barrett

Susanne Barrett is a prize winning Sunshine Coast artist whose contemporary style covers a diverse range of topics.

She was born in Sydney but moved with her family to the Sunshine Coast in 1980. Her early career as a science teacher no doubt explains her interest in the more analytical side of painting, colour and design, and her willingness to experiment with different media and methods.

Susanne has a great love of rural and outback Australia, its vastness and rich tapestry of colours. Her paintings have a brilliance of colour and spirit that truly capture the unique character of the Australian wilderness. She achieves this effect in both her abstract and impressionist works by layering colour and texture continuously throughout the painting process.

Her abstract paintings explore the emotional consequences of everyday life and evolve intuitively as a result of day to day occurrences. Line-work, collage, texture and colour are essential elements of these studies.
She works predominately with acrylic paint but often combines this with other media. Many of her works also feature paper collage used either as a way to create texture or as accents in the finished piece.

Among her achievements, Susanne was commissioned by the Australian Red Cross to design and paint a series of Australian wildflowers that were used to decorate tiles for the tourist market. Her book on colour and design, “Botanica”, was published in 1998 and she has taught at workshops throughout Australia and overseas.

Susanne’s work has been acquired for private collections in Australia and overseas.

Susanne Barrett


Glenview Gallery                         
Holden’s Gallery   
Holden’s Gallery
The Art Factory
Gympie Regional Gallery

Group Exhibition 2005
Solo Exhibition    2007
Joint Exhibition   2009
Joint Exhibition   2009
Joint Exhibition   2010


Kenilworth Arts Festival
Immanuel Arts Festival

2005 First Prize Landscape
2006 Best Local Artist

Curriculum Vitae

Bachelor of Science, University of NSW 1970
Diploma of Education, University of NSW 1971
Teacher’s Certificate, 1972