James, Suzanne

Suzanne lives in Halifax, N.S., spends winter time in warmer climates. She has three adult children and five grandchildren, two step children and four step grandchildren.

She is a career educator and has worked as an elementary school teacher, high school teacher, school vice principal, school principal, community college instructor and teacher/advisor in the Faculty of Education at York University and at UPEI.

She is founder/past director of PEI School of the Arts and has offered a variety of summer art workshops with professional artists in North Rustico, PEI (2006-11).

Painting became an interest in 2001. Initially she attended regular classes with Henry Purdy, Charlottetown, PEI and workshops with several other maritime artists including Monica Wright, Bill Rogers and Barbara McLean and international artists including Efrin Gonsalves, San Miguel, Mexico.

Acrylic and oil paints provide the opportunity to experiment, play and to create paintings inspired by her natural environment as well as her travel experiences.

Her paintings have been seen at Kensington Art Gallery (Kensington, PEI), Eptec Centre (Summerside, PEI) Ellen Creek Gallery (Charlottetown, PEI)), Confederation Centre (Charlottetown, PEI), Craig Gallery (Dartmouth, N.S.), Chase Gallery (Halifax NS), Galeria Pink Martini (Melaque, Mexico), Gallery 215 (Maitland, N.S.) Maritime art shows, charity functions and in private collections. She is a member of the Contemporary Art Society of Nova Scotia and Dartmouth Visual Arts Society.

At the Contemporary Arts Society of Nova Scotia Annual Juried show, Suzanne won the Louisa Letson award for third best in show in 2013, received an Hon. Mention (best in open category) in 2014 and Hon. Mention (best animal) in 2015. At the East Hants Fine Arts Association show in May, 2016, Suzanne won two 3rd ribbons and two 2nd ribbons, won two 2nd and one 3rd in 2017 and two 1st and one Hon. Mention in 2018. Suzanne was awarded 2nd best in show at the Truro Art Society show, “Art in Bloom”, June, 2016. At the East Hants County Show, 2019 she took two 1st. place ribbons and two 2nd place ribbons. In June, 2019 at the Dartmouth Visual Arts Association show in the Craig Gallery, Suzanne was awarded the People’s Choice Award.