Meet the Artist

Sue Layman Art Gallery Memphis
Sue Layman Art Gallery Memphis

As a self-taught synergistic artist and owner of Sue Layman Designs, Sue Layman Lightman, has a passion for contemporary art. Her passion is reflected through her work as oil and canvas or paper combine with empowering brilliant colors and daring geometric shapes placed in arrangements that create unique dimensions.

Sue has always loved all types of art, but she never imagined that she would one day be an artist with her own gallery. She entered the art world after taking a step back from her job in public relations to reevaluate her life. She knew that God had a different path for her. For more than a year, she spent time praying and devoting herself to figuring out a new direction.

One day, Sue was inspired to go out and pick up a canvas and some oil paints. Without having any prior formal art training, she began spending many hours consumed in this new adventure. In the beginning, she never considered turning the endeavor into a business; she was just having fun and felt very fulfilled. She continued to pray daily for God to help and teach her, and to this day, she always feels His spirit with her as she paints.

“I feel each person has a gift to create. God is the Creator and I think He put that gift in every person,” Sue says.

As you can see in her work, Sue loves using eye-catching shapes and harmonious colors. She starts a piece by mixing together paints to create new colors that she uses to engulf the shapes. Each shape is designed to create a symbol that expresses a point or an explanation. As she paints, she is not just creating a painting but also a story, and from there, the adventure begins! She continues to be inspired by the finished products; they make her want to keep creating something to share with the world that has never been seen before.

“I believe that we are forced to contend with the forces of light and darkness,” she says. “What causes a person to desire one or the other has always been a mystery. In my paintings, these forces find harmony, rhythm and adventure.”

Check out Sue’s Tri-Star Arts profile. Tri-Star Arts serves Tennessee by spotlighting and growing the contemporary visual art scenes in each region and fostering a unified statewide art scene.

Art Show Resume

Sue Layman Lightman has had her art featured in shows at many different art venues including:

PRESENT: Gibson Guitar Factory’s Memphis GuitarTown featuring painted 10-foot guitar displayed on world-famous Beale Street – 2017 to present
2020: “Creative Adventure of Color” at the Fine Arts Gallery at East Arkansas Community College – March 2020 to present
2019: Downtown Art Walk at The Vault
2019: Playhouse on the Square cafe lobby gallery
2019: Nathan and Dorothy Shainberg Art Gallery at the Jewish Community Center
2019: 20twelve
2017: “With Emotion” Art Show at Sue Layman Designs Art Gallery in conjunction with Memphis College of Art
2017: “Celebration” Art Show celebrating 10 years of business for Sue Layman Designs Art Gallery
2016: “What’s in the Art” Show at Sue Layman Designs Art Gallery
2016: Ol’-Man River Moonshine Ball benefiting The Memphis Charitable Foundation
2015: Light Up Your Imagination Art Show at Sue Layman Designs Art Gallery
2015: “A Night at the Ballet” Art Show at the Madison Hotel benefiting Ballet Memphis
2015: Ol’-Man River Moonshine Ball benefiting The Memphis Charitable Foundation
2015: Tennessee Brewery Historical Restoration Alive Painting Featured Artist
2015: Grace and Space Art Show at Sue Layman Designs
2014: Emerge Memphis Emerge 2020 Art Show
2014: Orpheum Theater Group Art Show
2014: “Conclusion of Delusion” Art Show at Sue Layman Designs Art Gallery
2014: Blues Ball benefiting The Memphis Charitable Foundation
2014: Memphis Artist Spotlight at the Madison Hotel
2013: Memphis Artist Spotlight at the Madison Hotel
2012: Theatre Memphis Art Show
2012: Fountain Gallery Art Show Featured Artist
2012: Memphis Botanic Gardens Group Art Show
2012: A2H Group Art Show
2009-2011: Flight Restaurant Featured Artist
2010: L’École Culinaire Featured Artist
2010: The Law Offices of J. Vincent Perryman Featured Artist
2009: American Red Cross Red Boa Ball Featured Artist
2009: Tower Room Featured Artist
2007: Marshal Arts Gallery Group Art Show
2006: Macy’s Home Expo Featured Artist
2006: Wings Cancer Foundation Group Art Show