Suzie Marsh is a sculptor based in Cornwall. Her figurative animal sculptures have gained great acclaim over the last 30 years and she now has a loyal following both in the UK and abroad. Suzie has undertaken many private and business commissions including sculpture exhibits for a museum in Taiwan and the public installation of Nelson the Seal at Looe Harbour in Cornwall.
Suzie’s work aims to reflect her own fascination with an animal’s character and her figurative style captures their form precisely. As an animal lover, Suzie produces work to aid several animal charities and donates part of her profits to them.
The plight of moon bears in China and Vietnam being “milked” for their bile has become an overriding concern and her commitment to Jill Robinson of Animals Asia with her design of “Hope of Freedom” (the Animals Asia elephant in the 2010 London Elephant Parade) and her “Moonstruck” exhibition in 2012 raised substantial funds for the charity.
Suzie says, “To express what it means to me to help these bears is almost impossible to put into words. I know I am completely under the bears’ spell and will do what I can for them in my own small way and will always wish it could be more.”
A search for information about hippos led to Suzie’s long friendship and support of Karen Paolillo, who founded the Turgwe Hippo Trust in Zimbabwe in 1992. Karen has dedicated her life since then to preserving the hippos and other wildlife and their habitat during droughts and political unrest. More details of these two remarkable women can be accessed via Suzie’s website. In recognition of her own five cats who double as artist’s models Suzie is also a keen supporter of Cats Protection.
Suzie works in clay and then produces finished sculptures in bronze, pewter and resins, all of which are suitable for the home or garden. Full details are available on her website, www.suziemarshsculpture.co.uk. You can also find her on Facebook.