Derwent A. Suthers (aka: The Painting Padre) is an Episcopal priest who retired to Southern Arizona in 2010. He has been painting since the mid-1980’s and studied at the Munson Williams Proctor Institute School of Art inUtica, New York, with Everett Adelman and Easton Pribble.
In Atlanta, where he was on the staff of St. Martin in the Fields Church(1998-2010), he studied with Joseph Perrin. He has exhibited in various shows in New York, Georgia, and Arizona, and is recipient of a number of prizes. His paintings are in various private collections.
The artist describes his work as follows:
“I work in acrylic on canvas or wood – sometimes letting the wood peek through along with undercoating of contrasting colors. I like to leave a certain roughness of interpretation to say: ‘This is not just a scene: this is paint and wood. This is an impression of what I see, this is an expression of what was in me as I saw it, this is a poem of love for God’s world.’
A friend told me I preach like I paint, and I guess that may be true. My painting is a form of interpreting life, savoring it, and praising its Creator.
Many of my paintings are of nature; in Atlanta often of the Chattahoochee River, along which I loved to ramble. Now, here in the Sonoran Desert I am entranced by the warm colors of this Land of the Sun, which is interpreted in my most recent work.
I also sometimes venture into the hard-edged world of architecture as a counterpoint to the more spontaneous renderings of the natural world, and also occasionally do still-lifes.
The abstracts also have a root in many years of doodling during boring meetings. They and certain other scenes take off in a flight of fantasy beyond nature. Lately I have been doing some series out of my head: ‘night trees’ and ‘little towns’… and there will be more!”
The Painting Padre is currently the president of The Hilltop Gallery & Arts Education Center in Nogales. Visit this local landmark at: http://hilltopgallery.org.
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A portion of proceeds of all artwork sold support the St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic, Nogales, AZ. Visit: http://standrewsclinic.org.
Link below for photos of Father Suthers’ retirement reception and art show at St. Martins in Atlanta: http://picasaweb.google.com/wmtmonk/HonoringTheWorkOfFrDerwentSuthers#