Susan McConnel

susan-mcconnelSusan McConnel is a visual artist using oil on stretched canvases ranging in sizes from 33cm to 150cm. She will occasionally use an acrylic under painting, but predominately starts painting in oils. She uses primary colours to create the secondary and tertiary colours and will occasionally use white. The brush and application technique she prefers is the blended wet on wet technique.

Susan McConnel has a genuine passion for the Australian rural way of life. She has worked and lived on cattle and sheep properties all her life both in Western Australia and Queensland. She has surrounded herself with bush characters that have shared their narratives and has read fascinating stories and letters of the early settlers. These stories invoke in her a desire to share this rich Australian history by painting colourful quirky unique images.

Raised on a wheat and sheep farm near Wagin in Western Australia Susan spent her youth working with horses on sheep stations, riding with hounds, playing polo cross and competing in agricultural shows horse riding events.

In 2008 a friend, motivated by Susan’s new found love of painting and enthusiasm   suggested they have a joint exhibition along with seven other emerging artists. They called their group 9 Ante Portas (At the Gates) and dedicated their first year’s effort to raise money for Diabetes Australia.


2013 :
Moore Art Exhibition. Highly Commended. “Horses Don’t Like Camels”

The Scots PGC College P&F Inc. Art Prize. Open Section. “The Cockatoo”

2nd Prize (Portraiture) Nudgee Art Show
Highly Commended (Portraiture) Esk Art Show


November Artist of the Month Kilcoy Courthouse Gallery
August Royal Queensland Art Society Brisbane Maud St Gallery – 9 Ante Portas Group
March Invitation Exhibitor Roma Picnic Races – Country Life: Art and Tea
Toowoomba Grammar School Art Show – invitation exhibitor
The Glen Esk Gallery – invitation exhibitor
Inaugural Invitation Exhibitor “The Condensery” Somerset Shire Art Gallery
Kilcoy Courthouse Gallery

Kilcoy Courthouse Gallery
Royal Queensland Art Society Brisbane Petrie Terrace Gallery – 9 Ante Portas Group

Kilcoy Courthouse Gallery
Roma on Bungil Gallery. Solo exhibition
Royal Queensland Art Society Brisbane Petrie Terrace Gallery – 9 Ante Portas Group

Insight Art Gallery. Toowoomba
Grasslands Gallery – Tambo. Solo Exhibition
Hugh Sawrey Gallery – Stockman’s Hall of Fame. Longreach
Vieille Branches -9 Ante Portas Group. “Bush Characters”
Kilcoy Courthouse Art Gallery
Moore Art Exhibition

Kilcoy Courthouse Art Gallery
Stanthorpe Art Exhibition
Blackall Heartland Art Festival
The Studio – QLD State Library. 9 Ante Portas Group “Australian Sport History”

The Light Space. 9 Ante Portas Group “The Harry Redford Bushrangers Series”
Augathella Community Centre. “H.G.H. Sanderman manuscript. Gone Out To Australia. Series”

The Light Space. 9 Ante Portas Group “The Kenniff Brothers Bushrangers Series”

The Scots PGC College P&F Inc. Art Prize
Gallery 54. 9 Ante Portas Group “Cressbrook 1841”

Sample Work

Leichhardt’s Ill Tempered Bullock- Dry Beef Creek (Oil on canvas)


Out of the Scrub (Oil on canvas)


 Leichhardt – as described by Henry Stuart Russell (Oil on canvas)