Sue Coleman

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  • Many years ago Sue met a local native carver and artist, Victor Newman, during a local artshow  and, as a recent emigrant from England, asked him how to recognize the totems.  “Teach me”, she said.  “Why?” was his reply, “what are you going to do with it?”  When she said “I don’t know”, he refused to teach her with the reply.  “You’re not native, you won’t understand”.

    Sue’s husband Dan believes “If you tell Sue she cannot do something, she will figure out a way she can”.  Sue decided to become an interpreter, a translator of the native artwork. Determined to do her best. She visited the Victoria Archives, read the legends and every book available on the subject

    Native art is not a picture of an animal or bird.  It is a depiction of the strength and the life force within the animal, that helps the animal survive.  What you see are life force lines.

    Sue Coleman has lately translated the concept of life force lines into landscapes.  When looking at her pictures of “Swallow Falls”, or “Lasqueti”, you see she has depicted the life force lines in rivers,  plants, trees and mountains.

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