Halifax artist SUSAN TOOKE works in painting, media arts and book illustration. She received her formal artistic training from Virginia Commonwealth University and the Master’s of Media Studies program at the New School in New York City.
Chosen for a media arts scholarship by the Centre for Art Tapes (2014-15), she is currently working with sound, video and sensors to create virtual environments based on threatened wilderness spaces. She also is a member of the multimedia collaborative team Motion Activated.
Ms. Tooke considers painting her primary art form; explorations in other media further influence her artistic expression. Influences include painters Anne Meredith Barry, Emily Carr and David Milne.
Susan is a four-time winner of the Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration for her contributions to children’s literature. Her work can be found in the collections of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the National Library, the Nova Scotia Art Bank and Parks Canada.
Her volunteer work includes Past President of CARFAC Maritimes, President of CARFAC and board member of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, an advisory board on arts policy to the Nova Scotia government.