START studio originally opened in September 2010 in the heart of the James Street North arts community in downtown Hamilton. START studio is a space shared between Sue Upton (painter) and Tim Tickner (musician).
The space affords an opportunity to create and participate in a thriving arts community. There are no fixed hours, there's no set agenda...but it's a great space to create bold new paintings and feature exciting electronic music in an attempt to keep pushing the boundaries of creativity.
Originally trained as a watercolor portrait artist, Sue returned to painting (after close to a 20 year hiatus!) and creates bold acrylic canvases between high profile television and film makeup gigs. Shortly after her art studies in Ottawa, Sue pursued a career as a watercolor artist for a couple of years and had a couple of successful solo exhibitions of her work, however, she was dissatisfied with both the solitude of life as a painter, and battling her need to paint for the approval of others. So, by the mid 80s, she turned her skills into a highly successful career as a makeup designer for tv and film.
Now, the freedom of not relying on her art for a living has allowed her to create images that aren't influenced by the need for approval: her portraits are either jumping out at the viewer, or glimpses of dark or inappropriate behaviour confronting the viewer. In some instances, what's happening beyond the canvas becomes a larger part of the narrative than what is seen, but in all instances, they attempt to provoke in some way. pushing boundaries, sue has also created experimental works on "invisible" canvas, double sided paintings, and left handed works and continues to explore new techniques and ideas to add to her works.
Since moving to Hamilton from Toronto in 2008, Sue has embraced the creative energy of the city and has been inspired to pick up where she originally left off in her painting career.
Tim has been one of Canada’s premiere composers for the last 25 years as head writer for one of north america’s busiest music production houses ‘The Air Company’ and later as a partner in ‘The Einstein Brothers, voted top music production house in Canada three times.
Tim has won every major award*, including craft awards for arrangement, sound design and composition.
His clients include General Motors (all divisions), The Federal and Provincial governments, Labatt, Molson, American Express, Visa, Nike, the Colorado Rockies, Tampa Bay Lightning, Coors, and NBC News.
He has also written and produced for Diana Ross, the Boomers, Allanah Miles, Alice Cooper and many others.
Numerous TV themes & music include CBC Kids ‘Get set for life’, "Eerie Indiana" for Hearst Entertainment, and the CBS special "The Martin Short Show". He has also written and produced several cds for Orange records.
Tim continues to write commercials and contribute musical tracks for major network shows, but most recently has been focusing on creating his own works in electronic music.
*(Emmy, Cleo, Bessie)