Susan is a self-taught artist from Billings, Montana. She grew up in northern Wyoming in a very artistic family. Her dad was an oil painter and her mom an acoustical guitarist. This creates a very imaginative child who is still painting and sketching her way through life.
It wasn’t until years after her dad passed away she knew she needed to paint to feel complete. “I have no formal education in painting with palette knives. It just feels natural to me. I am using the same palette knives my dad used. That in itself inspires me.”
Susan developed her technique starting with different brushes and tools, but soon fell in love with the varied shapes of palette knives. “I can create an interesting effect by stacking and carving the oil paint. I very rarely use brushes only to sign my name. I can use the edges of the knife for all the detail.” Her oils come to life with layers and layers of color. Some of the paintings because of the layers take months to fully dry.
Her subject matter varies from landscapes to people. “I choose to paint what interests me and don’t believe in painting the same subject over and over. It could be anything that catches my eye and that is challenging to me to create it with my knives.”
“I believe fine art should be the focus of a room not an accessory. Whether it is bold color or soft and reflective, it should be a conversation waiting to happen. If the color combinations in my work draw you in, and the texture makes you want to touch, I have accomplished what I have set out to do as an artist.”