If you would like to see my artwork in real life, you can visit my home studio (by appointment only). I exhibit in different locations around UK and DK Contact me via livsmalerier@gmail.com or via direct message on Instagram: sussi.louise to learn more

Sorry, but at the moment there is a six month waiting list for commissions.

mandag den 18. januar 2021




It was the way she danced. 

Her touch on the floor so fleeting it seemed inconsequential. 

She had asked me to come. 

She needed a dancing partner, she said. 

Admiring her now, I know that was not true. 

This girl needs nothing when she dances. 

Not music not gravity, definitely not me. 

Inconsequential me. 

søndag den 3. januar 2021

All at Once

 All at once

Those clouds gather 

to please me, I am sure

Tease shapes in pure pink allure

pregnant bellies ready to burst

frosty flakes in the billions

All at once I am four again

Sat in window waiting. 

Vision fading as snow was invading

every crevice of my little mind

potent anticipation brewing

innocently queuing behind ice on 

thermal glazing


for the first cover to settle. 

The blank sheet to paint on

With my sticky arms and 

pipe cleaner legs


Silent angels

Before anyone else was awake 

The sea of white was mine to sail

New coasts to conquer

dunes to wander 


With every flake

Unique to me and itself

Pink clouds against dark morning skies 

The call so faint only I could hear

clear crystal summoning of 

small people

still believing in miracles


Belly full of awe so raw

just one sound remains

The gestational wait in 


The most beautiful sound of all

is the call of the soon to be born

falling snow

I am old now

Bones wary of the walks I have walked

the talks I have talked 

Thoughts I have thought

But all at once 

I am four again

Listening for the snow in the

expectant growth of the pink clouds

against the night blue sky

Silent snow

bridging time

with the ease of truth descending

not ending here but mending the cracks

that I have made

and those that were given me

In the silvery pink diamond mornings

All is good

All at once


torsdag den 29. oktober 2020

Seashaken Light, poetry

by Sussi Louise Smith, 1 November 2020,

Ilkley artist and writer Sussi Louise Smith, debuts with the poetry collection Seashaken Light on Sunday, 1 November 2020. Originally from Denmark, Sussi moved to the Yorkshire Dales in 2015 and is well known locally for her colourful art, stories and not least the book stones she designs for the Grove Bookshop. This is her first collection published in English. Seashaken Light is a story told from many angles. With Scandinavian candour, moonlight and the raw voice of a life that has seen too much cancer but remains ever inspired by the roar of the sea, even now she lives inland, we are taken on a journey to the edge of the salty Danish coasts and travel below and above the surface of the ‘I am fine’ mentality. Seashaken Light is a passionate ode to hope and an authentic voice that cuts through the anxiety of dealing with loss, life and grasps light by its whiskers and pulls it in.


Three poems from the collection have been put to hauntingly beautiful music by local musician Emma Hughes, Bingley, and can be found on YouTube under #seashakenlight


Amber trigger warning for those who have lost dear ones.

And for vegans, bacon will be mentioned (Sussi is Danish after all)     

Seashaken Light is published by Cathy Harper Publishing 

The Grove Bookshop, Ilkley will host a book launch via ZOOM on Wednesday 4 November at 7 pm. The event is free. Please sign up via the website or call the shop. For those who feel they can a voluntary contribution to Cancer Research is Sussi’s preferred charity for the event.

Sussi will be signing her book in The Grove Bookshop on Sunday 1 November between 11 - 11.30 


tirsdag den 14. juli 2020

Your colours

Your colours made me cry
They broke my heart in that special way
The best way
No scarring
All healing
I heard the rumbling from the sea
The symphony of little clicks
that every grain of sand makes when it shifts
I felt the shift,
shift something in me

The colour of your roof
is a deep hum
The kind you hear sitting, 
back against an ancient tree
The kind of blue that if you look at it too long
you drift away to far far places
Other worlds of otherworlds
You may not want to fly back

Hold on to the golden reeds
Hold on to the clear sound of the hidden reds
Roots in a deep B minor here
Reaching up as well as down
Reaching in
Into my broken heart to heal me

Your colours broke my heart
Thank you

#artbysussilouise #Anti-Parable

fredag den 26. juni 2020


Her hair so tender floating
Incredibly soft coating
of golden summer streaks
Highlights and midnight peaks
Just breathe
Or don’t

Don’t do as they tell you to
Breathe the way that takes you through
the maze the labyrinth
Your road your map to print
Just breathe
Or don’t

Her air so softly floating
The breath of life evoking
deep memories of then
of when time was all new
Just breathe
Or don’t

Don’t do as they want you to
Breathe your way breathe green breathe blue
waters under over
in-between time is yours
To just breathe
Or to not

#Sussithepoet #Anti-Parable