Sunday’s have never been the same again since I started these around 6 months ago! I have luckily had lots of very willing artists to interview and have a list of more as long as my arm – so here’s today with the lovely Suszan at Suszansart…
First of all, who are you?
Hello. I’m Suszan and I’m a paper collage and watercolour artist who lives in the West Midlands. I also like to make gemstone jewellery in between messing around with paper and paint. My art style is happy and colourful with a positive vibe.
When you were asked (all those years ago!), “what do you want to be when you grow up?” What did you answer?
I always wanted to be an artist or an archaeologist when I was younger. Art and history are my two big loves. Unfortunately, I was talked out of it by my careers teacher who said they weren’t smart choices. I got there in the end though and would advise anyone to follow their heart if it feels the right way to go.
What is the funniest thing as an artist that has ever happened to you?
I think it has to be the paint brush in my cup of tea and drinking paint water scenario. I think my blood must be at least 10% paint by now.
What is the hardest part of being creative?
For me, it’s having confidence in myself and what I create. I’m a lot better than I used to be and a lot of that has come from sharing my work on social media. All of those likes and comments really do make a difference. I still have a long way to go when it comes to promoting myself and getting out there more, but I am moving forward.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Go for it and don’t let others hold you back. Experiment with different styles and techniques to find what works for you, it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t always work out sometimes. Art can be an exciting learning curve with endless possibilities if you give yourself permission to try.
What subjects inspire you?
My primary inspiration is colour and pattern. The more colourful the better in my mind. I make my studio a colourful and happy place to work, somewhere that I look forward to spending time in. I also love the British countryside and nature, especially places that have a hint of magic about them like woodlands, streams and wells or places like Glastonbury.
Who are the 3 greatest living artists in your opinion? (they don’t have to be famous!)
I love art that has a magical element which draws the viewer in and fills them with enchantment. My three favourite artists that do this are Wendy Andrews, Holly Sierra and Emily Balivet.
Who are the 3 greatest dead artists in your opinion?
Wherever I had lived, I have always had prints of Vincent Van Gogh and Gustav Klimt on the wall, particularly ‘The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum’ by Van Gogh and ‘Tree of Life’ by Klimt. But my first love and inspiration was the work of Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones, who’s work I used to admire in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery as a child, and I still do. I don’t think I could name a favourite piece as I find it all so enchanting.
What is your favourite work of art you have ever produced?
This is my Celtic Fairy which I did in the 1990’s. It was the first thing I painted that managed to pass my intense scrutiny with flying colours.
What was the last piece of art you sold?
I generally tend to hold onto originals unless they are commissioned. I think I see them as my babies in a way. I sell prints of my work instead and the most popular at the moment is my narrow boat collage .
And finally… Because this is really important….
What’s the best type of cheese? (haha)
Cheddar of course.