Susan Haigh was born on Salt Spring Island and has always lived close to nature. Working in oils or acrylic on canvas or board, she creates compositions from her own reference photographs. With an eye for the special details that characterize each plant, her paintings are full of light and vibrant colour.
As a gardener, Susan has been continually surprised by the range of colours and variety of forms taken on by different plants. Textures and patterns abound, from the centre of a tiny flower to the broad view of a whole landscape. Mimicking the bold designs of nature, Susan's canvases echo the excitement and relentless energy of all life.
Susan Haigh studied at the Victoria College of Art from 1983 to 1985. She has taken part in many group exhibitions on Salt Spring Island, Vancouver Island and in Vancouver. Each May of 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003 she presented a solo show of paintings in her garden, placing the often larger than life flowers and leaves back in their natural surroundings. In 2004 her work was seen in eight different shows. 2005 she presented 'Florabundance' a solo show at Artspring in Ganges where, with the assistance of The Plant Farm, she brought a garden into the gallery. December 2005, she took part in two shows in Victoria, a three women show at Lighthouse Gallery and an eight artist show at the Gallery at the Mac. July 2006 she presented '50/50' a solo show where 50% of the proceeds went to charity. She continues to have a solo show or take part in group shows each year.
Susan Haigh's paintings can be found in private collections in Canada, USA, Germany and New Zealand.
- -1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003 Susan presented a solo show in May in her garden on Saltspring.
- -2000 Featured Artist, Moby's Pub, Ganges.
- -2004 Featured Artist, Island Savings Credit Union, Ganges.
- -2005 Florabundance, Artspring Gallery, Ganges.
- -2006 50/50, Artspring Gallery, Ganges
- -2007 Florabundance, Aphrodite's Cafe, Vancouver
- -2008 January Featured Artist, Salt Spring Coffe Co. Cafe
- -2011 Starfish Gallery - Susan Haigh and Beverly Chicoine
- -2015 Featured Artist,June - Hedgerow House, Ganges
- - - - - -Featured Artist, August - Harbour House Hotel, Ganges
- -1988 Sooke Regional Juried show
- -1994 Look 94, Regional Juried show, Ganges,BC
- -1995 Victoria Regional Juried show
- -1997 Ganges Juried show
- -1998 Victoria Regional Juried show , Royal Roads, Victoria,BC
- -1999 -2003 Annual Alliance of Saltspring Artists Summer Show, Ganges,BC
- -2004 April - Continuum Show, Artspring, Ganges,BC June - Parallel to Bateman Juried Show, Artspring, Ganges,BC July - Pieces of Seven, Artspring, Ganges,BC August - Art Now V, Beaver Pt. Hall, Salt Spring Is.BC Sept. - The Pendulum Show, Pendulum Gallery, Vancouver, BC Nov. - Euphorbia, Juried Show, White Rock, BC Dec. - Cre8ivity, Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney,BC
- -2005 - Oct - Sidney Fine Arts Show, Sidney Dec - Lighthouse Gallery, Victoria, BC Dec/Jan - Cre8ivity, Gallery at the Mac, Victoia,BC
- -2006 - June - Cre8ivity, Artcraft Showcase, Ganges BC
- -2007 - Cre8ivity, Artspring, Ganges, BC - Sidnet Fine Arts Show, Sidney, BC
- -2008 - Featured Artist, Easter Art Tour, Mahon Hall, Ganges, BC
- -2009 - 'Discoveries' May long weekend Show with Donna Hall and Osman Phillips at Mahon Hall, Ganges, BC
- -2010 - Easter Art Tour, Saltspring Island
- -2011 - Susan Haigh and Beverly Chicoine @ Starfish Gallery May & June Ganges , BC
- -2012 - Gallery 8 Christmas Exhibition, Ganges BC
- -2013 - Gallery 8 Symbolically 8 Show and Christmas Exhibition, Ganges BC
- -2014 - Easter Art Tour, Saltspring Island
- Gallery 8 Symbolically 8 Show and Christmas Exhibition, Ganges BC
- -2015 - Easter Art Tour, Saltspring Island
- Sooke Fine Arts Show
- Sidney Fine Arts Show