Meet Sue.

Posted by on Oct 30, 2020


I first met Sue McNenly at the One of a Kind Show in 2010. At that time she was doing wall-mounted, framed, miniature fine-silver vignettes. Her work was so extraordinary that as I walked the “miles of aisles” on a break from my booth, I was literally, visually and emotionally drawn into her booth to take a closer look at her work. It was stunning. Since then, Sue’s work has blossomed and changed.

Due to a neck injury, Sue had to give up that type of metal smithing. Creatively, she adapted her art and spent a couple of years honing her new skills. She then combined them with her metal smithing knowledge and has created her own unique art, called Contemporary Encaustic.

Sue translates expansive feelings into tangible form using wax and precious metals. Silver and gold fabricated cells cradle miniature watercolour and gouache paintings, reflecting our personal stories in abstract form. Layers of painted and fused encaustic medium form an ethereal base in which to tether these elements, while sketches and line work connect the two. The end results are minimalist pieces that belie their complicated origins, drawing the viewer in and creating a feeling of calm wonder.

A limited selection of Sue’s sought-after miniature pieces will be available, perfect for brightening your life or gifting to a special someone. Ready to hang on a wall or sit on a shelf amongst other favoured treasures, these tiny gems never fail to bring a smile. Pieces range from 4” x 4” to 3” x 12”, priced from $125.


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This is the first in a series of highlights of Artists whose work will be available at my One of a Kind Artisan Holiday Show, starting on Thursday, November 26th and running everyday until Wednesday, December 23rd. If you’d like to view Sue’s work at my studio, please book an appointment by clicking here. You can book one hour appointments, starting at Noon daily.  There are booking options of:  Studio Visit/one person, Studio Visit/2-4 person bubble, or Zoom/FaceTime Visit with curbside pick up.  There is an “additional notes” box, please indicate the other people in your bubble, or what/who’s work you’re interested in viewing.  The extra information just helps me plan and be ready for your visit, whether it is in real life, or virtually.

Looking forward to seeing you then!