Equestrian and portrait artist Susan Crawford was born in Scotland. Her father was a racehorse trainer and she grew up on the family farm, inheriting her parent’s affinity with horses. She spent two years at the Florentine drawing school of Signorina Nera Simi but is an entirely self-taught painter. She is using a classical old master technique of applying oil in thin glazes. Her main inspiration has come from the works of the very classical horse painters George Stubbs and Sir Alfred Munnings.
Susan Crawford has exhibited at a number of distinguished galleries throughout the world, including The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Academy of Arts, The Tryon Gallery, London and The National Gallery of Pahang Penang, Malaysia.
Amongst her many fine works, Susan Crawford has painted a collection of twenty-two Epsom Derby winners and steeple-chasers such as the all time favourites, Red Rum, Arkle and Desert Orchid. However, despite her high profile as a painter of horses, she is also a well-established portrait artist. She has painted five members of the British Royal family, including HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales, as well as HH The Sultan of Brunei and HM The Sultan of Oman.
Susan Crawford lived for a time in the Middle East but has now returned to the Scottish Borders, where she paints and indulges in her favourite pastimes: horse-racing; dogs; birds; and shopping for antiques.