Sue van Coppenhagen

Sue was born and educated in South Africa. After a career in teaching both children and adults, a period designing corporate marketing material prompted a return to full time painting. The influence of hours spent in
her youth shadowing her aunt, a noted South African watercolourist, drew her back to watercolour as a medium, which has become an abiding passion.
Sue moved to Ireland and made her home in a small rural village in East Cork in 2000. Her studio is located close to woodlands, and she enjoys daily walks in the woods, along country roads and on local beaches, where she draws her inspiration for her paintings.

She has been a selected member of the Water Colour Society of Ireland since 2013, and has exhibited with them each year since then. Since 2014 her floral paintings have been included each year in the Bloom Exhibitions of Botanical and Floral Art in the Phoenix Park; she has been awarded numerous medals in the Floral Art category, including a Gold Medal and a Silver Gilt medal in June 2022.
Her flower paintings have also been shown at the botanical exhibitions at the Claregalway Garden Festivals, and in 2022 received the People’s Choice Award.
In 2022, at the invitation of the OPW, she held an exhibition with Shevaun Doherty and Nayana Sandur in the
Phoenix Park on the theme of Biodiversity. This featured paintings of insects, plants and birds.

Sue’s floral paintings have been included in the exhibitions of the Society of Botanical Artists in Westminster
(October 2017), at the Mall Galleries in London (June 2019) and online (2020).
In 2016 Sue was commissioned by the RSPB nature conservation charity to paint two bird paintings in watercolour for their 2017 Christmas card range.

She has participated in numerous group exhibitions around Ireland, has held a number of successful solo
exhibitions in Cork, and has been a regular at the ArtSource art fair at the RDS in Dublin.
From 2005 to 2012 Sue was a director of Courtyard Arts Ltd, working part time as gallery manager and exhibitions curator at the Courtyard Gallery in Midleton, and since then has been painting full time.
At her studio in Ladysbridge, Co. Cork, Sue runs classes in watercolour painting.