Su has always been creative, studying English and Dramatic Arts at college.

A desire to become a world-famous actress lead her to London then Bristol where a lack of marketing and general awareness of budgeting lead her to switch tracks and become an accountant!

Working with some of the big accountancy firms, including BDO Binder Hamlyn, Su specialised in helping other creative people with their accounts and a general understanding of the importance of business to the world of the arts.

This transitioned into understanding IT and finance systems – aiding many companies to move from paper-based to computer-based systems in the 1990s.

Su Melville Artist

Corporate Stress

Su expanded this IT knowledge into the charitable sector and spoke in 2000 at the DTI conference on how computerised accounting packages can aid charities separate funding streams and trading elements (it’s more interesting than it sounds).

This mix of Accountancy and IT lead Su to BAE where she helped move the computer systems over to SAP. Remaining with BAE Su moved to the USA for three years to aid the US to UK information flow as translation goes deeper than just words and numbers, it involves understanding how different people interpret that information!

Throughout Su’s corporate career she saw first-hand the effects stress had on both employees and also the business with the cost of absenteeism and staff attrition.

Suffering from stress herself in 2006 Su started a long process of researching how stress affects our bodies and what we can do to either mitigate or prevent this from happening, gaining a qualification in the USA with the International Association of Wellness Practitioners.

From Circle to Sphere – a shading demo

Art And Wellbeing

Art was integral not just for recovery but also for prevention of stress-related illness. 

‘There is nothing more fulfilling than a person walking into a session saying they can’t draw and leaving with their own masterpiece and a renewed sense of pride!’

Su loves teaching others and is the founder of SMArt Art Academy, helping you find your own unique art style.

Su is also the creator of the Foundations Course, designed to teach self taught artists the basic principals of art and how to apply them to their own art!

Projects And Accolades

Su’s self portrait received several accolades including Runner Up – SAA International Artist of the Year 2023 and Highly Commended – The Artist Patchings 2023 Open Art Competition.

Su regularly writes articles and hosts seminars for SAA on both art techniques and the business of art and has featured in SAA Paint magazine many times including as the  Front Cover Artist May 2023.

In 2022 Su was honoured to be selected as an associate artist for Unison Pastels – fabulous soft pastels handmade in the UK.

Su regularly exhibits in France, UK and USA.

Additionally, Su qualified as a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 2001 and is a member of the International Association of Wellness Professionals.

With painting as her passion, Su is also an avid knitter and accredited Knitting for All Teacher, you can see more of Su’s knitting on Instagram.

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