Her earliest ambition was to go to art college and become an illustrator. Art was very much in her genes, with a grandfather and mother who were both good amateur painters. As a child, all Sueâ€™s inspiration came from books since her father was in the RAF and the family travelled the world, never staying anywhere for more than three years. They finally settled in Kent when Sue was a teenager. It was there that she finished her schooling before going to art college and then to Brighton Polytechnic to study graphic design. She feels she developed her style through an appreciation of other artistsâ€™ work. Folk art, primitive painting and work from aboriginal and Indian sources have all been major influences. Bold, strong colour is very important to her and she likes painting that is not contrived, admiring the work of artists such as Chagall and Matisse. Her degree show in 1986 at a gallery in Covent Garden launched an instantly successful career in illustration, which became properly established in 1992 when she illustrated a calendar on endangered animals. The calendar reflected a distinctive style that has become recognisable as her own. She has won prestigious awards and exhibited at the Louvre and the Victoria & Albert Museum, culminating in a joint exhibition in London last year at the Anna-Mei Chadwick gallery. While in Brighton she met Andy Aâ€™Court, who was also studying graphic design. They wanted to work in London, and started looking for a home together in areas such as Islington as they both liked Georgian architecture. Then a friend suggested that they should try Blackheath. Sue and Andy immediately fell in love with the villagey atmosphere and bought the first DINING ZERMATT RIGHT: a French antique chair in the sitting room has been upholstered in a Donghia fabric called Mercuryâ€™s Cape.