Donating a portion back to the Cultural Alliance of Western CT
Suzanne’s midlife crisis did not show up as a red, shiny-new, sports car. Instead, it appeared as a set of green Faber-Castell pencils and a Strathmore sketchpad. Looking to return to her teen-age years, she picked up an old pastime, drawing. It was a challenge at first, but with time, her technique improved and Suzanne was able to create a piece of work of which she was proud. Now, her drawings focus on texture, bone structure, and form. She likes to use clean lines and negative space to help lead the viewer’s eyes to these details. Suzanne enjoys listening to people as they find and comment on some tiny detail in one of her pieces such as a chipped fingernail, a droplet of water, or the wrap of a fishing line.
When Suzanne began her current series, Joyous, many of the people in her life were searching for the next, over-the-top experience that would give them a thrill. But, she wondered, what happens between the thrills? Her intent in this series was to lure individuals back to the daily objects and activities that offer them that subtle feeling of contentment mixed with joy. She wanted the viewers to remember the feeling they get when they pick up a rod and reel, hold a camera to their eye, or tie their ballet slippers. Suzanne wanted the observer to recognize or remember this sensation that is often over looked or taken for granted.
“What brings you joy?”