Knitting Interrupted


Oil on canvas by Sue Graham.

The painting measures 45cm x 36cm. Supplied framed in a hand-painted pale grey wood float frame. The outer frame measures approximately 63cm x 43cm.

This piece can also be purchased using Own Art - interest free credit, payable in 10 equal monthly direct debit instalments of £57 - contact the gallery for an email application form.

Artist Statement: About 'New Wood on Old Land'

"I’m always fascinated by the glimpses into other people’s lives you can get when you travel by train. Back gardens quite often make an appearance in my paintings.

This painting was inspired during lockdown 2020 by my memories of overgrown gardens in urban places.

I’m also interested in boundaries: the fence posts here represent a demarcation of territory but the fence is in fact broken down and useless. A clump of peonies blossoms and there’s an empty chair with knitting. I was thinking about all those times when you finally sit down in the sun for a moment of getting on with something pleasant and there’s a call from inside the house, your peaceful time interrupted.

It was painted during a heatwave: the garden looks very warm in the sun but the houses look as if the interiors would be dark and cool."

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About Sue Graham

I can barely remember a time when I didn’t paint, or wasn’t thinking about painting. I have had various other ‘real’ jobs; PR, Retail Management, Special Events. Somehow though my heart was never in them and I’m not sure I was ever truly good at them. 

Ideas for paintings keep on coming. Sometimes I worry the well of creativity will run dry… but so far every time I go there I am able to bring something back. There is an endless variety of inspiration in the world.

My working style is quite chaotic, usually launching straight into a painting with an idea in my head and seeing where that takes me. There then follows a period of ‘retrenchment’; lots of adjusting and assessing. And sometimes things are scrapped. Some paintings come fast and some emerge through a more convoluted process.

Over the years I have received so much encouragement from friends and, touchingly, from random strangers too. It means a lot to me, so a big ‘thank you’ to you all. Somebody once asked me to reflect on why it is that I paint: the question has sat with me for years but I think the answer is this: to communicate feelings and ideas and to be accepted for who I am.

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