Today we’d like to introduce you to Susie Zol.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in the green mountains of Vermont. As a child, I embraced the natural world around me and found joy and peace in the rhythms of the seasons. As a young adult, my wandering brought me to California where I fell in love with the ocean, the desert and the mountains. This new environment with its own rhythms and seasons brought me joy and peace once again. My husband and I started our own business here in the late 80’s and while continuing to work, I embraced motherhood in the 90’s. When my children were in high school I felt a strong urge to return to myself, to my joy and peace. I began by taking classes and workshops in art. At first, any creative movement satisfied my urge and I quickly learned new techniques and mediums but my first moment of recognition of myself came when I began art journaling. Here, before me was exactly the right thing at exactly the right time. I was recognizing the artist I had always wanted to be, the artist I had always been. My journals are filled with my personal, creative, visual expressions. Soon after, I began painting abstract acrylics with professional artist mentor, Kate Ashton at Ashton Art Gallery in North Park. Between art journaling and painting, I have found both my joy and peace.
Please tell us about your art.
I paint abstract acrylics on canvas. When I approach my canvas and begin painting I sense a reflection and connection from within. I paint intuitively, letting layers of paint, fabric, collage and paper interact and unfold into a story. When I discover the story within the painting, its meaning comes into focus. When the meaning has been revealed to me I know my painting is complete. When people view my art, my hope is that they will find a connection to something within themselves. My hope for them is to get a sense of the same joy I feel when I am painting.
Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
Being creative and finding inspiration doesn’t have to come with a price tag. I have struggled financially at different times in my life but I have never struggled creatively. I always found ways to make art. In fact, having any kind of constraint on your creative process be it financial, physical or emotional can and will propel you into a new way of thinking about creating your art.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My paintings can always be found on my website. I have a booth in the San Diego ArtWalk festivals in Little Italy, Liberty Station and Carlsbad each year. In person, my paintings are displayed at the Ashton Art Gallery in North Park, L’Atelier in Mission Hills and Voila Salon in Rancho Santa Fe. In addition, I lead monthly art journaling workshops in North Park.
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