In the Artist's Studio with Suzette Jones

May 14, 2015  •  1 Comment

It was great fun to visit with Sue in her studio today and have a conversation with her about her art and how she came to be where she is now as an artist and a teacher.

Thank you Sue, for being my guinea pig, in this, the inaugural article/blog featuring artists of the High River Art Society.

Thank you Sue, for being my guinea pig, in this, the inaugural article/blog featuring artists of the High River Art Society.

 

Like so many artists Sue did not pursue her interest in art to the degree she does now until her family was raised. She is accomplished in a variety of mediums including pastels, pen and ink, oils and acrylics. While she is mostly self taught in her acrylics, classes taken in 1978 with the notable Dutch Canadian artist Dick van den Hoogen were of particular benefit to Sue as a budding artist.  Followed up by watercolour classes in High River and Sue was on her way in developing her style of art.

What a beautiful style it is.  A work by Sue is consistently selected “People’s Choice” winner at the spring and fall art shows hosted by the High River Art Society of which she has been a member since 1998.

SunflowersCreated from a four colour palette.

Sue keeps her palette simple, as she says – it gets confusing having too many colours on the go. One piece that particularly struck me is this one of sunflowers, which she created using just 4 colours.

Sue at work

I asked if her studio was always so neat and tidy! She admitted that when she was in the process of working on a piece that is not the case. She is just beginning a new piece here. I can't wait to see the finished work.

Realism with a touch of Impressionism Sue describes her style as “generally realistic with a little impressionism to keep her paintings from being too photographic in appearance”, although much of her work is done from photos of people or places she has visited.  The flood wiped out many of the photos she had collected for artistic inspiration but she is slowly creating a new catalog of images for future paintings.

Beloved family friend

Some of Sue's work can be viewed at Highwood Art Gallery in High River, on the second floor of the High River Hospital or by appointment in her lovely studio where I saw this one of a beloved family pet. And of course, at the High River Art Society shows.

Tools of the trade

These tools of the trade are a testament not only to the creator of some exceptional works of art but also to the loyalty of the artist as she never throws out a brush just because it is worn down to a nub, after all - they make the best trees!

Sue is currently creating one of a kind bookmarks that will be available for sale at the High River Art Society Fall Show & Sale to be held October 16 & 17th at the Highwood Golf & Country Club.

 

Painted on canvas with a backing and sealed to protect the painting these will, undoubtedly, prove popular at the sale.


Comments

1.Gail Daniels(non-registered)
Your work is beautiful, Sue. We will definitely add the High River Art Society shows to our jaunts and peek in at the Highwood Art Gallery.
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