Born in 1955 in Corbridge, Northumberland, Sue Moffitt grew up on a large dairy farm. Her family has farmed for generations, originating from Hunday Farm, near Workington, Cumbria and her grandfather and father established the once famous pedigree ”Hunday Herd” of Holstein Friesians.
Sue's father John Moffitt was a pioneer in agricultural circles, an honorary doctorate of Civil Law, he was also awarded a CBE for services to agriculture. A true entrepreneur, established, amongst many things, the National Countryside Museum, based in Northumberland, he was a huge influence in her life.
Although now closed, Westside Contemporary Gallery (formerly fifiefofum) was established in 2003 by Sue and her husband Roy Sturgeon and since opening they have won many awards, Sue also won “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” in the Northumberland Business Awards in 2008. Sue also curates events and exhibitions at Westside
Painting throughout her life, professionally for the last twelve years, Sue's work is now exhibited in selected galleries around the UK, as well as from her studio at Westside. During her degree course she worked with other mediums including installation and video both shortlisted for the Barker and Stonehouse Art Prize in 2003.
Her painterly portraits of cows and subsequently other domestic animals and wildlife have been her obsession over the past decade and her paintings have sold across the world, travelling to Europe, America and the Far East.
Dairy cows provided her with sustenance since the day she was born and she attempted through paint and her knowledge of these animals to encourage and enable people to see them as they really are, not just animals for producing food, and it is her unique insight into these animals that gained recognition nationwide.
“Artists make work as a way of expressing a particular activity, mood, subject, complex idea or concept or whatever inhabits their daily preoccupation. I am drawn to animals, particularly wildlife and recent trips to South Africa have provided new inspiration and with this a new motivation!”
BA(Hons) Fine Art (2:1), Sunderland University
Diploma Fine Art, Newcastle College
Certificates in Art and Design, Newcastle College