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Interview with Sue Coccia (Dragon Puzzle)

For the first time, Wentworth Puzzles has teamed up with artist Sue Coccia. We created a shaped puzzle for her spectacularly intricate Dragon design (click here to view). In this interview, the artist discusses her work with us, and what inspires her art.

Your Dragon puzzle is proving to be very popular with Wentworth customers. What inspired you to become an artist?

I've always drawn and painted, but it wasn't until I was able to take some time off of work that this evolved. I was initially inspired by a swarm of Ladybugs (LadyBirds) that came into my garden one morning while I was sitting in the midst of flowers. Since then, I put a Ladybug in every image I create, for good luck and happiness.

And what was the inspiration behind the dragon?

Dragon’s mythology dates back to the beginning of time. A creature of transformation, she has woven her way into our dreams, and can be thought of as an omen of successful abundance! Mayan peoples thought of Dragon as nature’s force out of man’s hand, and a symbol for earth and sky. See within the great beauty of the Butterfly, and the joy of the hummingbirds. Bear’s tracks reminding us of seasons changing, and the Bat is awaiting transformation. Let Dragon fly in your dreams, along with the happiness and success the Ladybug brings!

What materials do you use to create your artwork?

I use a micron pen, and acrylic paints on heavy cold press arches paper. I start on the inside and work my way out.

Are there any artists who have especially influenced you?

The great masters, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and my great great great Aunt, who was an English copy artist for the palace.

How do you feel about seeing your image on a Wentworth Puzzle? Does it seem strange to see your work adapted in this way?

I love it! It doesn't seem strange at all, but lots of fun.

Do you do puzzles yourself?

Yes, I love puzzles and can't wait for more! 

If you would like to know more about Sue Coccia and see more of her incredible designs you can visit her website at

Interview with Sue Coccia (Dragon Puzzle)