Suzi Joel lives and works in North Norfolk on the coast. She paints found objects, mostly fragments of wood and board washed up on the shore near where she lives.

Her work is informed by the characteristics already present within each salvaged piece. These are flotsam and jetsam washed onto the shore after high tides and storm events.  Each of these pieces have a unique look and colour, some older than others, some with existing colour some naked from colour, each worn by the action of the water and shoreline.
Suzi doesn’t like to plan her work. She sees what she does as a response to what is already there. She describes her working process in the simplest terms: "I like it / I don’t like it, on it goes". "The shapes and colours bring themselves to life".
This of course is not strictly true. But there is a relationship between the shape of the fragment, its intrinsic colour and a set of simple binary choices that help her make different visual decisions as she paints. Each piece walks a line, which she goes with or rejects. Suzi is looking to produce a discordant harmony, one which draws the viewer in for a closer look.
She saturates each picture with only a few colours, this works both for and against the shapes of each piece, and it creates a kind of tension, which she describes as "a calm awkwardness".