Susi Schuele is an award winning abstract artist creating in her home studio. Raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, she now lives in Carpentersville, Illinois with her husband, Chuck and her very spoiled dogs and studio mates, Stardust and Luna.
After a long career in technology, graphic design and web design, she found her “Second Touch” from God and has been creating original abstract art paintings since 2015. In 2024, she has decided to scale back and "almost" fully retire.
Susi has been involved with several associations and galleries in the Fox Valley area of the Chicago suburbs and the Milwaukee, WI area. Among her achievements (a full list is in her CV):
- In 2022, Susi's painting "Drive" was given an "Award of Excellence" at the Norris Cultural Arts "Watercolor 2022" Exhibition
- She is currently a featured artist with Camelback Gallery, an online international gallery.
- Susi has been a spotlighted artist in the publication Fox Valley ArtBEAT
- She received a finalist award in the "Splash 2022" Watercolor Competition for her painting "Anesthetize" which was published in Artists Magazine in July 2023.
Susi has exhibited in 30+ venues in the Midwest, including various prestigious exhibitions for abstract and contemporary art such as 116 Gallery St. Charles, IL, the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles, IL, the One of a Kind Spring Art Show Fine Art Gallery in Chicago, IL in 2018 and 2019, the St. Charles Fine Art Show and Chicago's Gold Coast Art Fair. She currently has a boutique space at Painted Tree in Lake Zurich, IL until June 2024, where she offers smaller art/craft items, cards and prints.
I am an empath. Words cannot describe my art. Stories do. I tell my stories through abstract landscape paintings inspired by my life events, my imagination, inspirational quotes, scripture and music.
Gestural abstraction is my chosen discipline because of the freedom I feel painting loosely. Texture and color weave their way through pools of water and become my release from high anxiety. My technique is a minimalist approach to watercolor and gouache painting. I scrape paint across a strip of dry paper and use water, brush, palette knife or air to move the paint.
Abstract brings my world and your world together by allowing each individual to see and feel their own story through mine. Primary emotions of a color-infused visual are followed with secondary emotions of music or remembering the lyrics from select pieces’ carefully researched song titles. I hope my art connects you to a memory in your head and heart each time you view it.