Sue Clancy’s lighthearted story-book style has decorated the walls in universities, hospitals and other public settings. Her work has illustrated books and literary magazines. Her artist books have been included in public and private library, museum and historical center special collections.
She is inspired by daily life: food, drink, literature, science, culture, pets and people. To create her visual stories and concepts she uses a variety of techniques, handmade paper collage, ink, gouache and acrylic. She designs visual stories that reflect both her inner world and her encounters with the external world. Imagination is the glue that binds them.
Upon receiving her BFA in Art from The University of Oklahoma, she embarked on a lifelong educational program of reading, traveling, listening to people and passing what she experiences through her imagination. She enjoys helping other people and places tell their stories visually.
Her artwork has been exhibited and purchased by public institutions such as the Bainbridge Island Art Museum, Bainbridge Island Washington, Washington State University Vancouver Washington, the Curtis Children’s Justice Center in Vancouver Washington, The UCLA Fine Arts Library at the University of California in Los Angeles, The Northwest Surrogacy Center in Portland Oregon, the Wexford Ireland Arts Center in Wexford Ireland, The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder Colorado, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan Wisconsin, The Wisconsin Historical Society, The Empty Space Gallery in Bakersfield California, CARF International in Arizona, Infant Crisis Services in Oklahoma City, Youth and Family Services of El Reno Oklahoma, The Oklahoma School of Science and Math and many others.
Her art resides in numerous private collections which include the Kennedy family in Washington D.C. and the private collection of New York Times bestselling author Billie Letts.
Her fine art is represented by:
Caplan Art Designs in Portland Oregon www.caplanartdesigns.com,
The Joseph Gierek Fine Art Gallery in Tulsa Oklahoma www.gierek.com
Her art/illustrations (both color and black and white) have been published by Lark Books, Ten Speed Press and Allyn and Bacon, Village Books Press, Syracuse Cultural Workers, Microcosm Publishing, The Buckmaster Institute and many other places.
She creates public art and special commission projects – particularly portraits of dogs or cats as their owners. “In addition to my own stories I enjoy helping other people tell their stories with visual metaphors” she says. For more information contact the above mentioned galleries.
Sue is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators http://www.scbwi.org/ She is also listed in the Clark County Poets Directory https://printedmattervancouver.com/clark-county-poets-directory/
She now lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.) where she regularly uses her public library card in two adjoining states. When not working on art projects she can be found sitting with Rusty (dachshund) or Hawkeye (cat) reading a book, cooking in the kitchen, traveling or watching a film with her wife.
Sue Clancy’s short artist statement is shown in the photo above (thumbtacked to her studio wall) her longer art statement is here General Artist Statement by Clancy – and here is a blog post describing “Why whimsical dog art” https://sueclancy.com/2017/01/10/why-whimsical-dog-art/
Here is her full vitae – ClancyVitae-2020
and a shorter 2 page vitae – ClancyVitae2020shortform
Here’s a downloadable pdf file with more info about her cut handmade paper art technique: AboutPreyingForPeas
Here are links to a few interviews about Sue’s artwork:
All words and images copyright 2020 by Sue Clancy