The source of inspiration for my oil paintings comes from the natural world. I take my experience of living in Colorado since 1972, from hiking above timberline to sitting next to Boulder Creek, and collect them in my paintings as an organic universal experience of living on this planet. My greatest joy is painting all day in my studio.
My painting style is a textured process that involves a longer timeframe to create the work. With a pallet knife, I apply heavy slabs of oil paint on to a blank canvas and let it dry. After the heavy paint has dried, I begin to find an image within the texture. Then I begin the painting process using a regular paintbrush to add the soft colors I enjoy using on top of the textured paint. The images appear among the texture and the application of paint. I like to bring my images out of the painting, instead of putting a preconceived image on the canvas. The process can take up to eight months. I apply paint and let it dry. Then I will apply another layer of paint until I get the intensity of color I want. The painting can change and modify during all the painting times. Finally, the composition is sound and the colors are strong and I know it is complete.
As a working artist since 1989, Suzanne teaches weekly oil pastel drawing and water-based oil-painting classes at her studio in Prospect in Longmont, CO. Integrating a BFA degree in Studio Arts from the University of Colorado with a BA degree in Philosophy from Lake Erie College, she approaches creating art from philosophical point of view. Suzanne participates each in the Prospect Artists Tour and Longmont Studio Tour. Her work is in private collections in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.