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Artist Statement/Bio

By training as a mathematician and programmer and now retired from a career with Boeing, Susan has balanced and sustained her scientific side with a love of the natural world, while her artistic side has found expression through art and photography. An avid outdoorswoman, special subjects of interest to her are birds, trees, and western landscapes. Her photographs inspire many of her paintings and drawings.

Susan works with soft pastels, enjoying the purity of their colors and taking a keen interest in techniques of their application to best represent natural forms and textures. Perhaps “emblematic” is the best term for what she seeks in her attention to composition: what is the real center of the scene she is depicting. Recently, she has been working with felt-tip pen, abstracting the complex forms of living trees to present the essence of her subjects.

Nineteen examples of her pastel and felt-tip pen work are currently on exhibit at the Port Angeles main library of the North Olympic Library System (July 26 to October 22, 2019). In March, 2020, her work will be featured at the Sequim Museum and Arts Gallery. Shortly after moving to Sequim, one of her photographs was accepted for the “First Juried” show at the Blue Whole Gallery in January, 2019.

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