I am a visual artist and marine scientist and I bring together these elements to create my original artworks. I am drawn to the ocean and love to create underwater artworks so people can ‘sea’ the beauty in nature. I work across a number of mediums including: watercolours, acrylics, pen and ink and mixed media. Examples of some of my original artworks can be seen here and in the Gallery and Exhibitions and you can view a more comprehensive collection of my artworks at Suzanne Pillans’ Pinterest page.



As a marine ecologist I have spent much of my life studying and learning about the marine world and because of this I have a great passion for creating marine artworks using a mixture of mediums, but I particularly love the way watercolours mimic the feel of the ocean as I paint. You could say that I’m literally ‘drawn’ to the ocean!! You can follow my marine art-science storytelling as my alter ego at Dr Suzie Starfish’s Facebook page.

Little Fishes” kids artwork range

I love nothing more than taking kids on a journey under the sea so I have created a unique range of artworks for children of all ages called “Little Fishes“. You can mix and match your sea animals and sizes of canvas’s to suit your ‘little fish’, your nursery and room decor. Please Contact me for further information on these made to order artworks.




I also have a passion for fashion and enjoy the way watercolours and inks take the shape of classical couture, fabulous frocks and sensational shoes. You can follow my fashion artworks and fashion tips, tricks and trends through my Miss Frockstar page.



I am grateful to have the opportunity to paint for people around the world and through these art commissions I have painted a wide range of subjects, from tropical rock lobsters, whale sharks and killer whales through to fashion artworks and University landscapes.


I have recently expanded my artworks into printed and hand-painted gift cards of marine creatures and fashion frocks. A percentage from the sales of all of my fashion artworks go towards the cancer care initiative Look Good Feel Better Australia.


I have recently started creating artworks through digital drawings which to me is a fun and natural extension of the visual storytelling work I do as a Graphic Recorder.

All artworks and images are Copyright © 2023 Dr Sue Pillans

for all artwork enquiries, commissions and artworks for sale.


This is a selection of my Original Artworks in a range of mediums from watercolours to acrylics,  mixed media on canvas to digital iPad drawings.                                                               … Continue reading Gallery


Exhibitions St Vincent’s Private Hospital “Outside In” Exhibition, Brisbane, January-June 2016 I was part of a creative collaboration of Brisbane-based artists who through our exhibit SeaLIFE brought the wonders of the sea inside to the walls of St Vinent’s Private Hospital. Our artworks were hung on the Hospital walls including this very large collaborative marine piece! … Continue reading Exhibitions

Art for sale

My Underwater Wonders As my alter ego Dr Suzie Starfish I paint a range of Underwater Wonders that are now for sale. These original pen and watercolour paintings are unframed A5 (14.8cm x 21.0cm in size) and there are many postal options available worldwide so please Contact me for further information (payment via electronic bank transfer before paintings … Continue reading Art for sale

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