Susan J Harris Artist artworks for sale
Artist: Susan J Harris
Live in: Archdale, NC, United States
Artworks for sale: 26.00
Susan J Harris Artist Bio:
Susan Harris is an abstract mixed media artist who works with deep colors and rich textures that capture the natural beauty of the world around her. She works layer by layer, building depth into the painting with natural fibers, papers, acrylic gels and found objects. The curing process takes time, and throughout each step she adds color, different hues that are washed, glazed, troweled or scumbled, building upon the layers that came before it. Each painting becomes a discovery, a story, and a study of the time it takes her to create it. A single piece can take weeks, months, or even years to complete, and her work is sought out by both personal collectors and public organizations that recognize the unique, intuitive, and introspective aspects of her art. Born in 1952 in Bristol, Virginia, Susan’s passion for art began at a young age. After moving to North Carolina in her early childhood, she studied under Francis Kendall, the late North Carolina artist, who instilled in Susan not only a love for many art forms, but a desire to experiment and the joy to be found in every part of the journey. Throughout high school and college, Susan expanded her studies in a variety of disciplines, including pottery, sculpture, and stained glass, all of which have influenced her use of color and texture. She married her husband, John, in 1975, and continued to create art in her spare time as they began raising their family. In 2004, after working in the corporate world, raising two children and caring for her aging parents, she returned to her lifelong love of art and her dream of painting full-time. It began as a way to explore and express the changes she experienced in her life, but her art soon began connecting with others going through similar experiences within themselves. Her early exhibits centered around themes of celebration and healing, and those themes continue to recur in her work to this day. Currently, she is active in the art world on both a local and national level. She has served as a juror for fine art exhibitions and she assists in overseeing a gallery of local artists in Greensboro, NC. Her work has been published internationally and her abstracts can be found in private and commercial installations throughout the US and Canada. She works out of her home studio in Randolph County, where she and her husband live on 64 acres of beautiful land, close to their two grown children. Susan says, "To me, art is an expression of the inner self. I paint what I feel in my heart and imagination, not what I see. This translates to a painting full of emotion and thought with an emphasis on quality and spontaneity. My abstracts are an exploration of identity, capturing mood and layers of emotions with an intentional purpose to evoke the viewer's own interpretation. In 2011, I noticed circles had found their way onto most of my canvases so I took an introspective look to analyze why they kept appearing. I concluded that painting from the heart does, indeed, have a tendency to reveal who I really am--as an individual and as an artist. For me, circles stand for commitment and promise. My paintings incorporate at least one circle, maybe more. They may be found in the painting itself or on an outer edge, pronounced or subtly embedded. I invite you to find my circles; they represent my commitment and promise to always paint with heartfelt emotion. . . . . . . . . . Please Note: Out of respect for my collectors and to assure they have purchased a one-of-a-kind, original abstract, I do not offer prints of my original paintings.