Exhibiting April 3 - June 1 / Reception April 12
Susan shares her thoughts on paintings…
For me, painting is all about the layers, the mystery of what lies beneath the surface. It becomes a meditative act as I lose myself in the process of applying paint, making marks, sanding, scraping, scribbling, collaging—whatever it takes to keep things interesting. Then I do it over and over again, developing nuanced surfaces and textures that may remain or become covered over.
Somewhere in the process the early spontaneous layers give way to more carefully edited work. I do it until the painting evokes a sense of place for me and tells me that it’s finished.
When I first moved to Nevada County twenty-something years ago, I envisioned myself spending day after day, year after year sitting under a giant umbrella creating plein air studies of our meadow. I would wear a long white skirt and sip red wine and the meadow and I would become famous, like Monet and Giverny.
Without the lily pads. Alas, reality set in with a job and kids and Little League and basketball and a husband who insisted on mowing the lovely meadow so it wouldn’t burn, mowing it right down to the ground. I gave up the vision of the long white skirt (who wears those things anyway, I mean besides ladies in post impressionist paintings) and kept a safe distance from the meadow that boys eventually took over with their paintballs.
Meadow or not, I kept painting. For years and years. And teaching others to paint. For years and years. Eventually the kids moved out and I traded the job of teaching art for one of making art and found my happy place forever and ever. Amen. The end.
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