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Artwork Title: Do not let your past define your future
Artist: Susan Birth 

I’m Susan Birth, a mixed media artist living in Worcester. I love experimenting with different media and techniques and mixing them to create variety and interest in my artwork which is also very much about layering to form interesting combinations of texture, colour and pattern.

My piece for the NHS Art Trail in Worcester city centre has the title ‘Flying Free’ and is based around the theme “Abuse: Do not let your past define your future”. It’s a large 70 x 70 cm piece on MDF board, initially prepared with layers of gesso. I then used acrylic paint and inks, crayons, and homemade collage paper as well as some snatches of text from books and newspapers relating to the theme. The image portrays an intricateand unruly mass of butterfly-attracting flowers and plants including, among others, alliums, salvia and verbena. And so of course there are also butterflies, symbolising escape, recovery from abuse and flying free. I hope that the NHS Art Trail visitors will enjoy these plants, flowers and butterflies interpreted in my own distinctive style. I certainly enjoyed creating them. In my heart I want to create beautiful paintings!

I created ‘Flying Free’ at Yew Trees Artist Studios at Bevere Gallery, Worcester WR3 1RQ where I have a studio and shared gallery space. We’re open to visitors Tue – Sat, 10 am – 4 pm. My website is and incorporates an online shop selling mostly printed art products. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Later in the year I’m aiming to hold some art workshops called ‘Fun with Collage’. Please do let me know if you might be interested by emailing me

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