Nature has played an integral part in the lives of both Kathy and Sue Hooper. Kathy's early life in South Africa and Sue's currrent daily meditations along the Kennebecasis River, in beautiful rural New Brunswick, continue to influence their creative practice. Curious by nature, they are both drawn to experiences of new worlds and ideas. Their relationship as mother and daughter, has provided them with a strong foundation on which to develop each in their own way -- in their own directions.
Kathy Hooper grew up on a very beautiful farm in South Africa far away from schools. She says, “I messed about building unsteady canoes, making strange small buildings and looking after some farm animals who because pets. I spent a lot of time drawing and always wanted to be an artist.”
Kathy's journey began at art school in South Africa and later at Central School of Art in London, England. She immigrated to Canada in 1962 and settled with her husband, John, and their three children in Hampton, NB. She was awarded the Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation's ‘Strathbutler Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts’ in 1994 and was given the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts in 2008. Her works have been featured in exhibitions in New Brunswick, throughout Canada and the United States.
Sue Hooper is a multi-media artist and a graduate of Georgian College of Art in Barrie, Ontario. She has worked in visual communications in London, England, Toronto and Saint John, NB. Her love of travel has given her a vast assortment of images and emotions on which she draws inspiration for her artworks. Together with her mother, she helped establish ‘Art at Hooper Studios’ providing art classes, workshops and instilling a life-long learning of the arts in others. Sue is a Certified Eden Energy Medicine practitioner and is excited to share her learnings with others. Her artworks have been exhibited in public and private galleries throughout the Maritimes and Ontario and she has collaborated with other visual artists on various projects.