Susan Cairns

“Taking the old, broken, unwanted and often forgotten everyday objects, my ambition through painting is to capture character and beauty, transforming the usual into something unique and wonderful.

With many years spent drawing and watercolour painting my current work in oils has evolved and developed into a style that is very identifiable, clear and detailed. Exploring light, colour, texture and tone is an essential part of my painting.  Through my work I want the simple things to stand out, the not-so-pretty to be beautiful and everyday objects to shine.”


Susan was born in Ireland in 1979 and grew up (and still resides) in Malahide, Co. Dublin.  She achieved an NCVA Certificate in Art and Design and a Diploma in Interior Architecture and Design.


She started painting in watercolour from 2002, but after a few years decided to change direction to oil paintings specialising in still life.


She has exhibited in Dublin and Cork and has work in private collections worldwide as far a-field as England, Germany, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Canada and Australia.


In 2014 she had her first solo exhibition in the Warren Gallery in Castletownshend in West Cork.  This proved to be a tremendous success. Since then she has been going from strength to strength.