A member of the Zoom Arts 1066 , Suzanne Kelly moved to the area after being taken by its strong arts community and the wealth of inspiring land and seascapes.
Ms Kelly, originally from New York, has a BA in Fine Art from New York Institute of Technology, and a Master of Fine Art Painting from Edinburgh College of Art. She works in a wide range of media including acrylic, mixed media, textile and photography.
She said: “So many things I’m interested in such as fossils, history, folklore, art, music and nature can be found here in such abundance; it’s really having a positive impact on my art practice, and how I feel.”
Her work incorporates ancient symbols such as those found on Celtic coins, and the ruins of the castle appear in paintings too.
The Egyptian Goddess Sekhmet, with the head of a lioness and body of a woman, has long fascinated Ms Kelly, who has an ongoing series of self portrait photos with statues of the Goddess, has created a new body of work around this theme.
She has taken elements from Hastings and the festival and used them in her brightly coloured abstracted landscapes and seascapes.
contact Ms Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org