About the Artist

Barb Suttie is well known for her landscape oil paintings, landscape art prints and giclee art images of the Mount Warning Wollumbin Caldera region as well as her mountainous and valleyed landscapes of Australia and New Zealand.

She successfully completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree Sub Major Art History/Graduate Diploma in Education. Over time she has been very involved in a very diverse range of teaching roles.

She is the winner of many art awards. Her landscape paintings also feature in several volumes of the Australian Artist Magazine as well as in several book publications.

Her works are held in private collections in Australia and overseas including the Foreign Minister Bob Carr and the Tweed Regional Art Gallery.

Her paintings are coveted and sought after gifts for birthdays, weddings, Christmas and other special occasions. One of her favourite past times is painting commissioned paintings of her client’s favourite landscapes including farms and homesteads.

'My images should not only be represented as paintings that have a timelessness but also as our land to be nurtured, revered and looked after for this generation and those of the future as a lasting treasure for all.'

Personal History

Barb Suttie was raised in Eltham, the artist colony of Melbourne, Australia. Growing up she tasted the urban culture but also took pleasure in bush walking and the natural environment. These early experiences flow into her art.

Childhood memories and experiences of growing up in Eltham in the 60’s and 70’s have laid the foundation for the passions of this artist. Like many others, the Caldera’s beauty and communal village life drew her to Uki and she settled there in 1984. She explored fibre crafts, creating life size puppets and then moved towards painting.

'Art is my private retreat, my solace and my sanctuary and I like to invite the viewer into my world. It has become my passion, a way of life, seeing and creating.'

Art became Barb’s way of retreating to another place. Today she still paints on location, braving flies, storms, cattle and the elements to capture the beauty of the Caldera Rim!

Subject Matter

Barb Suttie is known locally as ‘the Mt Warning Artist” who predominantly paints Mt Warning and the Caldera Region. Her other subjects can include the Australian and New Zealand mountainous and valleyed landscapes as well as creating less representational pieces.

Barb works almost exclusively in oils either on location, from photos or sketches. This world heritage region, where she lives, provides her with a wealth of subject matter.

Barb creates her oil landscapes by immersing herself in nature. She has bushwalked, climbed mountains, canoed and flown in an open cockpit plane in and around Mt Warning and the surrounding caldera. Like many visitors to the region, she feels herself drawn to a place sacred for thousands of years. It is this national heritage and unique quality of life that attracts and nurtures her creativity.

'I welcome you to share a piece of this visual national iconic landscape and spiritual treasure. I have lived here for over 25 years inspired by the timeless beauty of the Mt Warning Caldera region, on NSW north coast Australia.'