For ten years, Susan has been inspired by color and paint, texture and application. Once a year faithfully, putting together a canvas and “playing” with the paint on the canvas, only to be stored in a basement until the urge hits, usually the following year, to create again.
Encouraged by a talented expert sculptor and gallery owner, she was persuaded to show one of her paintings in a group show. That first painting, Kaisan, sold shortly thereafter. When the couple who purchased it spoke to Susan and said in essence she captured four years of their life in Japan, Susan was convinced it was time to come out of the basement and share her joy with others. Susan is inspired by Japanese culture, having been raised surrounded by Japanese family friends while living in New York. Her dad was an artist as well as her Japanese Godmother, Kaisan who at a young age showed Susan how to draw and create.
Her British artist husband, Stephen, has shared his skill and knowledge and continues to inspire and creatively support Susan in her artistic journey. Susan plans to attend college in Fall of 2013 to pursue a Degree in Fine Art and to build her “toolbox.”
There is a strong narrative running through Susan Washington's work that references her long involvement with collage, textiles, fashion and art.
She comes from a family of artists and by age 5 Susan was tutored in the art of origami and sumi ink drawing by her Japanese godmother as well as water colors from her father. She spent her teens deconstructing dressmaking as a punk fashionista. Washington then went to work in the NYC fashion industry for 15 years until relocating to the Poconos where she commuted into DUMBO Brooklyn, working for an art publishing company.
After several years she decided to pursue her own love of the arts and creating and began working towards her degree in fine art after which she traveled to London where she spent her time working under the guidance of artist/photographer Stephen Washington. They fell in love, married and both relocated to the States where they have a studio together in the Pocono Mountains.
Susan has continued to push her own boundaries, re-inventing her own work with each piece and carrying something new to the next, unafraid of exploring while continuing to keep a cohesive thread, recognizably her own.
Susan work is now collected internationally and she is represented by galleries in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington DC and the UK.
Susan Work can also be found on susanwashingtonfineart.com
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