Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Susan Rene' Cards and Prints

Artist Susan Rene’ says, “magic happened when I combined my two loves…dogs and painting”. For many years Susan painted “serious” art, and was very successful as a “struggling artist”. One day she was feeling very down about her situation. To cheer herself up she painted one of her dogs, Charlie, living the good life, reclining in a lounge chair sipping a tall cool drink. At that time she had a small studio in the arts district on Miami Beach. The next day, the painting sold…..magic! She has continued to paint and sell her whimsical dogs and cats and has never looked back. Susan now lives with her husband, Bill, and their four dogs, Whoopi, Lulu, Muffin, and Boo in Redmond, Washington and Mesa, Arizona.

Starting with a blank canvas, Susan first makes an oil pastel drawing and then applies layers of vibrant acrylic paint. Traces of the drawing and many colorful layers of paint are visible in the finished work, imparting an air of spontaneity and directness. “Paintings develop the same way people develop, one step at a time. “I like the viewer to be able to see how a painting has evolved”, she says. Allowing the painting to develop is an essential part of her process. She remarks that the canvas seems to take on a life of its own as soon as she begins to paint. “I just have to get out of my own way, and let the painting flow through me.”

We are now carrying Susan's work in note cards, boxed sets of note cards and 8 x 10 prints. Come check out the cool dogs and cats!