About Su Melville

Su has always been creative, studying English and Dramatic Arts at college.

A desire to become a world-famous actress lead her to London then Bristol where a lack of marketing and general awareness of budgeting lead her to switch tracks and become an accountant!

Working with some of the big accountancy firms, including BDO Binder Hamlyn, Su specialised in helping other creative people with their accounts and a general understanding of the importance of business to the world of the arts.

This transitioned into understanding IT and finance systems – aiding many companies to move from paper-based to computer-based systems in the 1990s.


Corporate Stress

Su expanded this IT knowledge into the charitable sector and spoke in 2000 at the DTI conference on how computerised accounting packages can aid charities separate funding streams and trading elements (it’s more interesting than it sounds).

This mix of Accountancy and IT lead Su to BAE where she helped move the computer systems over to SAP. Remaining with BAE Su moved to the USA for three years to aid the US to UK information flow as translation goes deeper than just words and numbers, it involves understanding how different people interpret that information!

Throughout Su’s corporate career she saw first-hand the effects stress had on both employees and also the business with the cost of absenteeism and staff attrition.

Suffering from stress herself in 2006 Su started a long process of researching how stress affects our bodies and what we can do to either mitigate or prevent this from happening, gaining a qualification in the USA with the International Association of Wellness Practitioners.


Art And Wellbeing

Art was integral not just for recovery but also for prevention of stress-related illness. 

Building on this and her passion for art Su now runs her own art company full time, taking Lunch and Learn art sessions into corporations as part of their wellbeing programs. 

There is nothing more fulfilling than a person walking into a session saying they can’t draw and leaving with their own masterpiece and a renewed sense of pride!’

Su loves teaching others and regularly holds workshops in Lancashire, Covid-19 has driven the development of art kits for those wanting to try professional-quality Pastels either at home, at a workshop or as part of a Lunch and Learn. 

Projects And Accolades

Having exhibited in both the UK and USA Su was particularly honoured to win the domestic animal category in the Association of Animal Artists 2014 exhibition.

Su is also proud to be an Entrepreneur in Residence At Lancaster University Management School which is one of the few business schools in the world to hold quadruple accreditation. LUMS is also typically ranked in the UK’s top ten and among the world’s top 100 business schools.

Additionally, Su qualified as a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 2001 and is a member of the International Association of Wellness Professionals.

With painting as her passion, Su is also an avid knitter and accredited Knitting for All Teacher, teaching knitting across the northwest – find out more and book onto Su’s knitting 101 classes!

Association of Animal Artists, ACCA, Lancaster Uni, Fine Art Trade Guild, SAA, IAWP

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Wendy Warner
Wendy Warner
17:38 24 May 21
I had a lovely afternoon learning how to paint a robin with soft pastels. Tuition from Sue was really good and at the... right pace for all in the group. The venue was good with parking. I have already booked on another workshop. Can highly recommendread more
Jacqueline Atkinson
Jacqueline Atkinson
20:39 23 May 21
Had a lovely afternoon creating a lovely robin. Su gave excellent instruction and made the experience fun and... rewarding. Thank you, Su.read more
John Danbury
John Danbury
10:18 23 Mar 21
Our daughter received one of these brilliant gift sets for Christmas and she absolutely loved it. She found it so easy... to follow the online workshop and final piece she created was perfect. I highly recommend these as gifts for yourself or your loved ones, brilliant work Su.read more
Herlinde Ringwood
Herlinde Ringwood
19:53 03 Mar 21
I have completed two art kit workshops with Su, having never done pastels before.The workshop is nicely paced with... plenty of time to ask questions and get advice on any problem areas. The booklet and online tutorial are also amazing resources for when I want to try the painting again afterwards.The kits include high quality materials, instructions and even a teabag or two!I would highly recommend the kits and workshops, Su is an amazing artist and teacher.read more
Nicole Perry
Nicole Perry
19:18 07 Dec 20
The pastel art kits by Su contain everything you need to create a beautiful piece of art. Su explains things perfectly... through the video tutorial and includes a full instruction book with helpful hints and tips. Having never used pastels as a medium, and being in no way an artist,  I am blown away with the resulting artwork from this kit! I am amazed and rather proud of the piece I've produced. This kit has given me a new love for art and the pastel medium and I will absolutely return for another one! Thank you Su for bringing some mindfullness and colour to a dark few months and giving me a new passion to enjoy xread more
Gwen Backhouse
Gwen Backhouse
13:35 19 Nov 20
I purchased the Robin Pastel Art Kit, and not being an artist myself I was a little nervous about how it would go. But... I didn't need to worry, Su explains everything so well and guides you through each step. It is such a well presented kit too, with the pastels in their own little bag and even some little tea sachets to enjoy whilst you draw too. I cannot recommend these kits highly enough, and I will definitely be buying others too both for me and as gifts.read more
18:35 09 Nov 20
Wonderfully relaxed and creative afternoon working on the robin pastel art kit. I read all Su’s blogs and website... generally and then set to work with the tutorial video running. Su is a great teacher, very encouraging and took things nice and steadily so that there was no feeling of being rushed. Lots of great tips and hints to help and I ended the afternoon amazed that I had produced a piece of art I was really proud of. The kit was good value and produced a great experience. Dropping hints to get another kit for Christmas......or I might treat myself before then!read more
Elizabeth Beckford
Elizabeth Beckford
11:42 09 Nov 20
I've rediscovered my love of painting with Su. Beautifully presented and easy to follow instructions, in print and by... video, to create your own version of her painting.read more
Tracy Hyde
Tracy Hyde
17:43 13 Oct 20
Su has the most amazing talent of being able to capture the unique expressions and personalities of animals. I was... lucky enough to win a pet portrait in one of Su's competitions which I collected today. Fifi was one of our much loved guinea pigs, and the portrait that Su has painted is just beautiful. My daughter is over the moon at seeing Fifi brought to life in the painting. Thank you so much Su! Xread more
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