Artist Statement

 

Susan’s work is dictated by the seasons. Spring, summer and fall you will find her outdoors making paper, tending her gardens, and drawing or photographing the plants, flowers, insects, birds and animals that inhabit it. Winter is spent indoors in her studio translating these experiences and images into works of art.

Making PaperSummer 2014
Susan makes paper outdoors  from reclaimed cotton and linen fabrics as well as from plants
Susan Sketching in front of Perennial Garden
Susan Sketching in front of Perennial Garden
Sketching Snapdragons
Sketching Snapdragons

She says, “I am happiest and most content when outdoors, taking in the colors and forms of nature in all its various manifestations. Flowers, trees, birds, butterflies and insects surround me. The fragrances of honeysuckle, nicotiana, fresh mown grass and moist, rain-drenched earth intoxicate me. Birds, frogs, crickets and cicadas sing to me. The feeling of the sun, wind or rain on my skin soothes, awakens and always uplifts me. The act of sowing seeds in the soil renews me. These everyday miracles, these daily blessings from God, are what form my vision.
 My hope is that the art I create encourages others to take a closer look at and be in awe of the wonders in our natural world.”

Her work is still evolving as she tries new techniques and investigates the seemingly endless possibilities that papermaking, printmaking and mixed media offer.