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Susan’s love of art-making was inspired by growing up in a home where creativity mattered. She merits her inspiration to her conservationist father who created beautiful camps and parks and in his later years worked with stain glass; along with her grandmother and mother who were professional artists. Bright colors, papers, inks, crayons, paints, scissors, glue and paint brushes are still a part of her creative practice as she works her magic with canvas, paper, board and book-making.
“I am mesmerized by the creative process as the brush dips into a palette of paint, and dances across the canvas. I find myself going into a place of focus and bliss as I create something that is uniquely expressing my heart and soul. This creative process, which is in all of us, is a place of healing wisdom and freedom. I am committed to not only express myself creatively through painting, mixed media collage, and art journaling; but also to open others up to their creative souls through art-,making.”
She is a life-time artist with a college minor in art that complimented her further degrees in psychology and counseling. She has studied under many master artists who have influenced her in the past years, her first abstract painting class at age 15. Most recent training has been under Karlyn Holman, Charles Reid, Frank Roland, Suzanna Winton, Linda Kemp, Alena Hennessy, Flora Bowely, Tracy Verdugo, Lian Quan Zhen, Carol Owens, Jeanne Carbonetti and Virginia Magruder-Simpson, Her creative focus offers a blend of detailed realism with a twist of expressionism in watercolor and oil portraits of pets and people, as well as wildlife and nature. She also loves abstract intuitive watercolor and acrylic painting as well as mixed media projects. Her unique style is accented by vibrant color and creative layering techniques using paints, stamping, collage and inks.