An Insight Into The Artwork Of Kitty’s Drift Studio

Art is something I really like and I love being able to relate to it. It might be an object, an animal or a landscape from a holiday. I think they make great additions to a wall in the home and can provide those long-lasting memories.

I’m really pleased to be able to share the beautiful work of Sue Spence (Kitty’s Drift Studio), an artist from Cambridgeshire, who paints some incredible pieces. I think sometimes when you pick up a piece of art work, you forget the amount of time and dedication that has gone into each piece, but I think it’s really clear with Sue’s paintings how much detail there is and the time spent on it.

I absolutely love watercolour and think it produces a wonderful painting. I did once try painting with watercolour when I was younger but I definitely did not end up with the amazing finished pieces that Sue does! In fact, I just remember my colours running all over the paper and the paper eventually ripping, so perseverance seems key! I also love the finish, effect and detail that acrylic paint (see Black Labrador painting) produces. The colours stand out and I’m always intrigued by how quickly it dries to enable the layering.

On to the Q&A:

How did you get into art/painting?
I’ve always sketched, painted and crafted. Started as a child and have continued. Had some formal tuition in 1997 which taught me new techniques to use. Still learning and developing.

Do you have a favourite painting technique?
My first love is watercolour, I love the immediacy of it and it’s translucency. It still challenges my abilities. I enjoy acrylics for their colour vibrancy and impasto effects.

What inspires you to paint?
Something I see will make me think I have to paint that! It can be anywhere and anything except a landscape. Usually sheep, birds, cats, historic cars or the seaside.

How long can some of your paintings take to complete?
Detailed paintings like the sailboat Kyalami (see image below) I will work on in 2-3hr sessions for a few weeks. A watercolour sketch if I’m lucky about 4 – 5 hours.

What do you most enjoy painting?
I enjoy painting sheep, chickens, birds, cats, dogs, critters in general. I love seascapes but hate landscapes!

Do you have any art projects in the making?
Currently working on a London England for my nephew for Christmas (see image below). I’ve finished a watercolour sketch now have to turn it into a 3 ft X 1ft canvas before the 15th December.

Where is your artwork available to buy?
People can buy direct from me by email ( to Kitty’s. I have a shop on I sell at various exhibitions during the years which will be advertised on my Facebook page. I also take commissions.

Sue will be at Isleham Christmas Art Market on the 25th November and already booked for 2018 is Open Studios at Wicken Village Hall in July.

With Christmas on the horizon a piece of Sue’s artwork would make a perfect gift for anyone, whether you are an animal lover, a lover of the great outdoors or you just fall in love with something Sue has painted. If you can’t make the events she has lined up to attend, then check out her Art Finder page to explore the wonderful paintings she has for sale.


*All photographs belong to Kitty’s Drift Studio therefore cannot be used without permission*



  1. November 14, 2017 / 6:53 am

    watercolour painting (and just painting in general for that matter!) is sooo hard, i have so much respect for artists because whenever ive tried to paint it just ends up looking like a blob haha!

    sue is so talented! these are some really gorgeous pieces ♥

    katie. xx

    • Rebecca
      November 14, 2017 / 8:55 am

      Agreed Katie! Thanks for having a read and sharing your thoughts 🙂 xx

    • Rebecca
      November 16, 2017 / 8:05 am

      I know, I love that one, so much detail x

  2. November 14, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    I’d have that watercolour of the London skyline on a canvas. It’s beautiful!

    • Rebecca
      November 16, 2017 / 8:04 am

      Agreed Leanne its amazing! Would look great on a wall!

  3. November 15, 2017 / 11:36 am

    I wish I could paint!
    I’m not very good at drawing or painting.
    It’s definitely a talent I wish I had. These paintings are beautiful.

    • Rebecca
      November 16, 2017 / 8:04 am

      I know, me too! And yes they are, so much talent in each piece.

  4. November 19, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    Thanks for all you kind comments about my paintings. The London shyline was a preparatory sketch for a painting which is now a canvas, 1ft x 3ft, for my nephew as a Christmas present.

    The black Labrador is now on it’s way to the USA

  5. December 2, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    Wow, Sue’s work is lovely! I am blown away by that sailboat painting – I thought it was a photo at first. I don’t have an artistic bone in my body so I’m always really impressed by people who can create such amazing work. Thanks for sharing!
    Beth x Adventure & Anxiety

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