A decade ago Susan Baird first made the artists pilgrimage to the remote community of Hill End in Central New South Wales. This former gold mining town is an infinitely fertile fount of inspiration for many artists and Baird has continued to be called back to this place time and time again. Baird’s newest body of work, ‘Where the light falls’, emerged from a year like no other which saw Baird stop and observe the unfolding narrative of this place through her studio windows. The paintings in this collection, predominately created en plein air, canvass this rich historical context as it is transformed by light. Vibrant strokes of colour, swift brushwork and suggested forms conjure layers of atmosphere built over months, evocative of a multitude of seasons. Echos of memories, heard clear in the light of day, recede with the fading sun reduced to the faintest whisper.
Baird has been the recipient of a number of residencies and been selected as a finalist in numerous awards including the Calleen Art Award (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016), Paddington Art Prize (2019, 2018, 2011, 2010, 2009) and Mosman Art Prize (2016, 2015, 2010). Her work is held in major national and international collections as well as private and corporate collections in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.