Raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Susi currently lives in Carpentersville, IL with her husband, Chuck and her very spoiled dogs, Stardust and Luna. She creates in a bedroom turned studio in her home. She recently moved back to his area after 16 years living in the Milwaukee area.
Susi has been creating in some way since she was a child. Beginning with acrylic paint and drawing, she has explored many mediums and creative endeavors in her life. She started focusing primarily on creating abstract art on wood with colorful stains in approximately 2015. She also paints with alcohol inks and acrylics. Susi not only achieves incredible depth in her work, she brings a little more of her soul into each of her paintings by titling them with song. Her love of music (Susi’s husband is a guitarist) is only surpassed by her love of art. As a result, her paintings evoke a powerful emotional effect on viewers.
Susi has attained her technical abilities from studying the works of artists she admires, such as Frankenthaler, Rothko, O’Keeffe, VanGogh and Monet. She is always experimenting with tools and mediums to achieve her desired effect.
“I have always been drawn to any creative outlet. Over time, as a single mother, my technology career took the front seat to keep the house running. But I always found a way to keep nurturing my creative side and oftentimes, this supplemented our income. Each drawing, painting or creative activity drew me closer to what I believe is my true calling. “Creating colorful art has refocused my perspective toward the lighter, happier, positive side of each new day. And…I have seen the same effect on people when they view my art work! Their wide smiles reach their eyes. And their expressions as they realize that each of my signature pieces are stain on wood and not paint is always a powerful, joyful reaction, both to them and to me.
Susi recently joined Water Street Studios in Batavia, IL as a member. She will continue to pursue other associations in the Chicagoland area. While living in Milwaukee, Susi was a member of many art communities and associations, including the League of Milwaukee Artists (LMA), Milwaukee Artists Resource Network (MARN) and Wisconsin Visual Artists (WVA).She currently still enjoys gallery representation at Woodland Studios in Stoughton, WI and Gallery of Wisconsin Art online. She has exhibited in many prestigious exhibitions for contemporary art including the Fine Art Gallery at the One of a Kind Spring Art Show in Chicago, IL.
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.
I like to create art with a magnetic appeal. Art that draws you in. It says “Come closer. Tell me what you see. Tell me how you feel. I want to be what you need me to be.”
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.
Visual inspiration is a beautiful garden, breathtaking sunsets or a fabulous landscape. When creating on wood panels, the grain of the wood is oftentimes inspiration alone.
I am currently one of a few artists in the country creating fine art on wood panels with colored stains. The stain is applied directly to bare wood and my hands are my biggest paintbrush. On occasion I work with a brush for detail and for accenting my pieces with alcohol ink or pigment. Some pieces are custom framed, others are on cradled wood. Alcohol ink pieces are on paper and tile and recently, I have had a renewed interest in painting with acrylics and watercolors.
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 select pieces’ carefully researched song titles. This art will connect you to the experience of a memory in another time in your head and heart each time you view it.