Susan Watson

Operation Smile

Once you discover that making acrylic paintings is what keeps you sane in this mad mad mad world how do you stop? I can’t. OK. Full confession. I’m an abstract artist addicted to Cherry Garcia.
Her name is Madame Sophia….Oh wait…you mean what fun materials do I use? Mostly Acrylic colors and various gels. Huge knives are a must, and all kinds of fun stuff that I find in my kitchen and garage drawers to make marks and lines. These tools often get me out of a rut and force me to paint from my shoulders and not my wrist. Seems to really open up ones heart.
In 2006 I was lucky enough to move to Paris for two years to study. I’d been painting since the age of 18 but I wanted to feel that lump in my throat and my old style of painting wasn’t cutting it. Under the tutelage of Nina Kovacheva I embraced a non-objective style of painting. It forced me to dig deep and find a more soulful way to express myself. Our travels and all the fearless artists I meet along the way continue to inspire me.

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