Artist’s Bio - Susan Christensen
I have been drawing, painting and making things since I was a child. My earliest, happiest memories involve looking at or making art. I love being an artist.
Over the years I’ve explored a number of different media, from oil painting to fiber arts with forays into pottery, printmaking, sculpture, collage and more along the way. Since moving back to Seattle from Alaska in 2014, acrylic and water-media painting combined with pen and ink drawing have been my tools of choice.
Although I usually have some underlying theme or concept in mind, the paintings are not preconceived but flow from my imagination as I work. I begin each new piece by throwing down a chaos of random lines and color. The fun then lies in bringing order to the marks, solving the compositional puzzle through subtracting and adding, push and pull. The decisions I make about composition and color arise as much from the paint as from me. Sometimes I lead and sometimes the paint does. I know a painting is complete and finished when I feel there is balance and that a visual punch line or story has been revealed. I’m a color fiend, and really have to challenge myself to use restraint or I’d be slathering every inch of the surface with brights and neon.
Ultimately, my work celebrates the spirit of human imagination in paintings that bring a smile; vivid with color, rich in detail. I paint to call attention to magic and mystery of all kinds in this world where joy is so often in short supply.
Susan Christensen | 2019