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Like many individuals Suzan has always held an affinity and deep appreciation for fine art. The Renaissance artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and the Impressionist school became strong influences. More recent exposure to some of Canada’s artists such as William Brymer, Illingworth Kerr, Dorothy Knowles, and David Milne has only enriched her personal understanding and appreciation. At the time of high school graduation, a few decades ago, a different career path was chosen in the field of education. With retirement in the fall of 2014, Suzan set a new life goal and career which was to become a more active artist. Throughout the years, Suzan's interest in art was nurtured by attending the excellent Series program offered at Red Deer College. A variety of classes from pastel to mixed media to printmaking were taken. More recently, classes in pottery, glass fusion and encaustic wax painting were taken. The University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension and Grant MacEwan provide further excellent opportunity to develop and refine skills.
As Suzan has progressed on her artistic journey, she has explored a variety of mediums and subject matter. It has become clear that mark making is a key component of her work, which she explores in her mixed media works. With her pastel works she can combine mark making with her love of colour. The landscape is one of her favourite subject matter.
Over the past years, recent exhibitions included the Faculty of Extension gallery, Gallery 501 (Sherwood Park), St. Albert Art Gallery, Nina Haggerty (Edmonton), Jubilee Auditorium (Edmonton and Calgary) and the Loft gallery (Sherwood Park). One piece entitled “Golden Tymes” was chosen to become a part of the Strathcona County Permanent collection.
"It is never too late to become what you might have been." George Elliot