McGillivray, Susan

Born in Yorkshire, England, in 1947.

Susan moved to France in 1949 and immigrated to Canada in 1951. Since then, she has lived in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto. As a child, Susan spent hours drawing and painting. In 1969, she painted part time and sold her work privately to several large corporations such as RCA Canada and General Aviation Ltd.; she also worked in medical illustration at the Montreal General Hospital.

In 1977 she moved from Vancouver to Toronto, and the ensuing fifteen years were years of study and work geared to expanding her artistic horizons. In 1992 she began painting full time and soon became self supporting through her art.

Her return to Vancouver in 2004 has been a source of inspiration, and the discovery of new surroundings a constant delight and artistic stimulus. The main focus of her work is the light and how it infuses her subject whether it is a landscape, still life or a street scene. She still makes regular visits to Montreal and Toronto as there are many deep connections there.


1998 Sir Stanford Flemming College, “Art Beyond Process”, a workshop
1997 Sir Stanford Flemming College, “Freeing the Creative Spirit”, a workshop
1967-65 Sir George Williams University in Montreal; Fine Arts Major


2009 Keystone Gallery, Calgary, Alberta (trio)
2004 State of the Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario (group exhibition)
2003 River Coyote Gallery, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada (group exhibition)
2002 Art and Soul Gallery, Indianapolis, USA (group exhibition)
2002 State of the Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada (group exhibition)
1999 Tyndale College, Toronto, Ontario (juried exhibition)
1998 Skylight Gallery, Aurora, Ontario (solo exhibition)
1998 Etobicoke Civic Centre, Toronto, Ontario (juried exhibition – Honorable Mention)
1997 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto City Hall, Ontario (juried exhibition)
1996 “For Arts Sake”, Stowe, Vermont, USA (juried exhibition – Best in Show Award)
1996 10th annual Festival of the Arts, Detroit, USA (juried exhibition)
1996 Chicago Wells Street Art Festival, Chicago, USA (juried art exhibition)
1996-95 Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto City Hall
1995 The Rockefeller Center, Cultural Exchange, New York, USA
1999-93 The Aurora City Hall, Ontario (juried exhibition)


General Aviation services
RCA Victor, commission for Satellite program
Sinlan Corporation, commission for corporate offices
Brian Costello
Rothschild Canada Ltd, for presentation to Cantel AT&T
Bowman Collection, Newmarket Public Library, Ontario
Hotel du Parc, Montreal, Canada, three works commissioned for the lobby
Sears, Dorval
A JW Marriott, Resort & Spa, Muskoka

Her works are also part of numerous private collections in Canada, France and the United

The flamenco tree

Oil on canvas
36 x 30

Noon in the Bario Gothico

Oil on canvas
36 x 30