Racing motorbiker

Previously commissioned work. Oil on canvas. 


The commission also included a line sketch of the motorbiker doing a wheelie which was for promotional purposes to be used as a colouring competition. 


I loved the challenge of making the rider appear one with the bike, capturing the thrill of the ride, the concentration and character of the rider. When the artwork was collected, they said that despite only seeing a tiny part of the rider I had him just right and that they were always amazed by the sense of focus this particular rider has in competition like its just him the track and the bike almost like a trance. They were very pleased, and with this outcome I was also very pleased. 

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Susan Mackay

About Susan Mackay

As most artists are, I have mainly been self taught. The first time I started drawing was following when I saw my dad sketching at our dining room table. Before this I'd thought pencils were only for writing with. I asked if I could have a go, and dad let me. After hours in my bedroom I proudly displayed my work which had an excellent reception from my family. I am sorry to say my dad stopped drawing after this claiming that when your daughter sketches better than you you should let her be the artist. Anyway, I practised very hard nearly everyday choosing to draw beautiful women mainly, finding that I love to draw eyes and then emotion. 


I refused to study art at school claiming that if I did I might get bored of it. Finally in my 6th form year I decided to study art due to a lack of interest in other subjects, i actually got told off for not taking art earlier by my new art teacher, and since this time I have studied art and practised art whenever I can. I've studied fine arts at NMIT, art history at Vic Uni, design for stage and screenat Toi Whakaari. I have recently joined the Mana Art society and as late have been working on developing my style, and name as an artist through entering competitions and making myself known where I can at galleries and online. I have illustrated a children's book, been accepted into the state of art books, and am just generally enjoying making art my focus. 


My aim is to become recognised as an artist particularly a portrait artist. i want to be a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Artists and one day paint an official portrait of the royal family. I plan to start my own web based gallery and educational center. And to be present in the art world making a real and important impact on art and how people percieve art. 


My work focuses on story, emotion, and honesty incorporating the sad, bad, difficult but portraying the hope of life and the light at the end of the tunnel. My work is honest, colourful and in development as to style and content. 


I hope you enjoy my work, and please do contact me to discuss my work, your work or art in general.