The Artist


Susan Dragon’s art tells a story - a moment captured in time, an object of representation, a place that conjures memories. The diversity of images relates to the story the artist seeks to tell. The variety of mediums used gives the piece the textures and tones that gives life to the image it reflects. Every pencil mark, every brush stroke is created with purpose and emotion. This attests to the artist’s belief in the process of creating art that takes precedence and value over the image or product itself created. Every image is uniquely created, embodying moments and memories the artist hopes to share with her audience.

Artist statement

As an artist, I believe that a picture or a painting or an object can sometimes tell more about a person than a portrait can. This is why my images are of places that conjure memories, an object that represents a person or a glimpse of someone in their environment.

Carousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel imageCarousel image

Art has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My earliest memory of creating something was a bright blue necklace made of papier mâché in kinder. As a teenager, I painted motifs on my room wall. I dabbled in every possible medium, creating cards, posters, banners, t-shirts and jewellery. I also produced handmade and hand-painted ceramics for department stores and gift shops. I decorated children's furniture with motifs and painted large murals on walls. All of this took place before I even formally studied art 15 years ago, which led me to opportunities to be involved in community art projects such as the ‘Totems of Marysville’ and my very first exhibition ‘Moments’ in Melbourne. As a qualified Art Therapist, I also use art therapeutically whenever there is a place for it.

Although I wish that I could paint all day, I work full-time as a clinical social worker and engage in my art at every other opportunity I get. I continue to dabble in many mediums depending on time, mood and what I want to paint or make because every image needs a certain texture, a definite tone and unique strokes to tell the perfect story.

I have a need to create. Art-making keeps me alive, keeps me connected to the people and the world around me.