Most artists begin their artist statement with a story about the exceptional young age when they began to paint. My twin brother and I, at the tender young age of two, managed to open a cupboard in the kitchen where my grandmother stored a big bowl of eggs. With a quick hand and a strong stoke we smashed the eggs on the floor and proceeded to slip and slide, draw pictures on the vast linoleum canvas and giggle. The giggling lasted for a very short time, that is until we were discovered. Perhaps this could be considered the beginnings of my artistic endeavors? I have yet to try egg tempura, but the idea is still there lurking in my memory.
TRAINING: After drawing and studio classes at the University of Maine with Mike Lewis and the late Vincent Hartgen, marriage and children put things on hold. As the family became more independent, I went back to school at Eastern Maine Community College 1980-82 to learn Architectural Drafting. Following that I worked for Carpenter Associates in Orono, Maine where I drew plans for all aspects of home building. I enjoyed the work and it fulfilled the need to create - but I knew eventually I wanted to do more.
My sister Liz suggested that I attend an art class that she had been taking at the Hammond Street Senior Center in Bangor. The instructor, Kathy Clegg, with her love and passion for all things artistic, and her oil painting skills, reignited my desire to create. During the last few years, I expanded into pastels and have taken classes with Linda Packard at the Hammond Street Senior Center and with Cheri Dunnigan, PSA in Naples Florida at the Von Liebig Art Center.
EXHIBITIONS: My work has been included in several juried exhibits at the Von Liebig Art Center and the Glen Eagle Art Show both in Naples, Florida, and in Maine at the Bangor Art Society Art show.
MEMBERSHIP: I am a member of the Southwest Florida Pastel Society, The Bonita Springs Pastel Society, The Pastel Painters of Maine, the Von Liebig Art Center and the Bangor Art Society.
Painting has become a passion. Now I look at nature and see the spectacular colors and shapes. The clouds are a constant source of study. I drive around with my camera just so I can capture the scenes that catch any interest. On any given day you may find me with my easel out and about.
My art can be viewed on my website: Suzanne-Roberts.com
I hope you enjoy my art as much as I like painting it.
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