Susi Schuele is a self-taught 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. She recently moved back to Illinois after a 16 year residence in Lisbon, Wisconsin.
Susi has been creating in some way since she was a child. She is self taught, beginning with acrylic paint and drawing and now works primarily with watercolor and colorful stains.
After a long career in technology, graphic design and web design, she found her “Second Touch” from God and began her full time art journey. She has been creating colorful abstract art on wood and paper since approximately 2015.
“Creating colorful art has refocused my perspective toward the lighter, happier, positive side of each new day. I have seen the same effect on people when they view my art work! Their wide smiles reach their eyes. Their expressions as they realize that my signature pieces are stain on wood and not paint is always a powerful, joyful reaction, both to them and to me. Color brings out the best in everyone.”
Susi has attained her technical abilities from studying the works of artists she admires, such as VanGogh and Monet. She is always experimenting with a variety of tools and mediums in her home studio to achieve her desired effect. Susi's current inventory includes art created with colorful stains, watercolors, gouache and alcohol ink.
While living in Wisconsin, Schuele was a member of many art communities and associations, including the League of Milwaukee Artists, Wisconsin Visual Artists, Pewaukee Area Arts Council (PAAC) and the Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Crafters, among others. She was represented by the Gallery of Wisconsin Art (GOWA) online and Woodland Studios in Stoughton, Wisconsin. Since returning to Illinois, she has been seeking further gallery representation and exhibitions in Illinois.
Susi is currently one of a very few artists in the country, and perhaps the world, creating fine art on wood with colored stains. Susi also paints with many other mediums. She enjoys watercolors, gouache, acrylics and alcohol inks.
Susi was selected for a solo exhibition at the Waukesha Civic Theatre in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 2019 and was one of several notable Wisconsin artists in the Contemporary Abstraction: The Female Perspective and Botanical Masterpieces exhibitions which ran consecutively at the Gallery of Wisconsin Art in West Bend (GOWA), from April 27 - June 30, 2018. She has exhibited in 30+ venues in the Midwest, including various prestigious exhibitions for abstract and contemporary art such as 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 The Gold Coast Art Fair.
Susi's piece “Dark Side of the Moon” was featured in Huffington Post's article 53 Gorgeous Ways To Dress Your Blank And Boring Walls in January of 2017.
Words cannot describe my art. Emotions tell a bigger story. I tell my stories through vivid color inspired by all forms of nature, my imagination and music.
Abstract is my chosen discipline because of the freedom I feel painting loosely using my emotions. My intent is to evoke from every sense. Joy, curiosity, maybe even dark. I achieve incredible depth in my work and bring a little more of my soul into each painting by titling the pieces with song. My love of music is only surpassed by my love of art.
Abstract brings my world and your world together by allowing each individual to see and feel their own story. Primary emotions of a color-infused visual are followed with secondary emotions evoked by “hearing” the music or remembering the lyrics from each piece's carefully researched song titles.