Artist’s Statement

I love color!

I am inspired by the riotous colors of spring in the Midwest, the hot golden sunshine of Mexico, the deep, cool blues of California’s coastal waters.

I paint with Piñata paints on Yupo paper.   Piñata is an alcohol-based paint that works best on a non-porous surface, which is why I choose Yupo paper. The Piñata allows me to retain the vibrancy and richness of freshly laid paint, giving my work an almost glass like quality.

I love to create!  Give me pots of paints, bright fabrics, soft yarns- you name it, I can barely contain my joy and desire to create something beautiful and fun.

I believe that my paintings truly express my inner self, my desire to help the viewers, smile and get inside of themselves. To make them realize their need to dance, to laugh, to enjoy.

Bio . . .

Sue’s primary early works were in oil. She studied for many years with Hap Brubaker. In 1987, Sue spent her vacation in Europe. Traveling to different artist colonies, she was captivated by the magical qualities of water color. The light and color captured her imagination. She came home and began taking water color workshops. When she began painting in watercolor, her paintings were in a very representational style, but something kept tugging at her, wanting to be free. She was fortunate to be able to study with John Dioszegi. John was a renowned abstract watercolorist. She learned from John to be quiet and let the painting just be, let it explode on the the paper. After a few years, Sue realized something was missing. She missed the texture and depth of oil, the rich and vibrant colors.

She found it working with artist Julie Twomey. Studying with Julie she was introduced to a new medium which allowed her the freedom she was seeking and the ability to achieve the richness and vibrancy that she loves.


Examples of Our Work