Union Pier, MI
As a lifetime resident of Union Pier, Michigan, Susan resides with her husband and her pets in her childhood home which has been her inspiration for many of her works. As a child, she had free reign to explore the fields, woodlands, waters and plant life that surrounded the property. On solitary journeys, she would also venture to the Galien River and Lake Michigan.
Susan knew she always wanted to be an artist and is still striving to achieve that dream. She is grateful to her parents who were always encouraging and allowed her to make artistic messes! Susan has extensive body of work including photography, oil, pastel, drawing and acrylic.
A self-taught artist, Susan has taught numerous classes and held many solo shows. She is part of several permanent corporate and private collections. Over the years she has received many juried awards for her Pastels and Paintings. Recently, she received Best of Show at Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart, IN. Susan’s pastel titled “Primordial River” was the first ever pastel to be chosen in the show’s 35 year history, and is now part of their permanent collection. Susan has also had the honor of being chosen as an Artist-in-Residence at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Porcupine Mountains State Park and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.
After many years of painting aspects of nature in oils and pastels I hit a creative wall. For 2 years I did not paint anything seriously but began to experiment with acrylics and abstract – without any expectations. What I discovered blew my mind! I saw shapes and figures within the abstracts. I can only describe it as a cross between the Rorschach Test, Where’s Waldo and Dot to Dot. Like seeing images in the clouds the characters took shape forming complete stories. Some pieces had stories on multiple sides of the canvas but when the piece named itself that would be the image I painted.
I have not added any characters nor have I modified their actions. Every line and shape formed organically within the abstract background acting as a road map to the story.
I refer to these pieces as “Real Life in Story Book Fashion” They are a reflection of the interactions with ourselves and others. The stories range from sweet to tongue in cheek to very dark, mirroring our achievements and failures as a society…
Every day the world changes. Every day I am a different person. Every day I am a different artist.