Collection: Sue Trickey

Sue is partially deaf and has struggled with mental health challenges throughout her life. Art was introduced to Sue as a means of coping with anxiety and depression. She had always enjoyed art but never had the opportunity to explore it before. Doing so gave her “head space” in a way that nothing else had and allowed her to build her mental resilience.  This was tested by tragedy, when Sue lost her eldest son in a road traffic accident eight years ago. The overwhelming grief was almost too much to bear and Sue recognises that in these dark months, it was her art, the focus and the outlet it gave her, which sustained her.

"Art has become a vital part of my life and is part of the person I am."

Sue’s earlier works were created using watercolour and ink. She then moved on to explore mixed media and The Confetti Fields uses acrylics. Sue enjoys experimenting with different styles and techniques and would like to do more plein-air painting in the future. As a deaf artist, Sue will sometimes find herself unable to hear and engage in social situations. Carrying around a small sketch pad has been a wonderful way of over-coming this, transforming what is initially a frustrating and upsetting situation into one where she can create, positively.

Art Rabble Christmas Cards

We all want to do our bit to help others at Christmas and buying charity Christmas cards is a great way to do this. However, not all "charity" cards are as generous as others. Many popular supermarket cards contribute only a fraction of their proceeds to charity. At Art Rabble, we try to give as much as we possibly can back to our artists; currently this is 50p out of every £3. We do this because we want disabled artists to be paid generously for their skills and effort.

We would like to pay our artists a larger amount but while major retailers benefit from economies of scale, for us small print runs are costly and delivery (as a percentage of sale value) is high. However, with the continued support of our lovely customers, we hope we can increase volume over time, therefore lowering our costs.

Thank you for taking the time to look at our Christmas cards - we hope you love them. We are so proud of the work our artists do, if you can help us spread the word, all the better! Happy Christmas to all.

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