Growing up on Cape Cod, and returning here to live, has influenced me greatly... its dynamic and ethereal qualities are an ever-present element in my work. I am drawn to the unpredictability of this environment, which can range from the power of an approaching storm to the calm, stillness that follows.
My recent work simplifies this landscape in both composition and palette– to bring attention to the history of the piece. Drips, spots, pencil lines, raw edges are allowed to show through, giving a glimpse of the painting process– to reveal and appreciate the unexpected and imperfect. I find these unplanned elements beautiful, especially in contrast to more resolved areas. And through this approach begin to ask– what is considered flawed and what do you allow people to see.
“I am partial to the places where things show through - in paintings and life.” -Susan Blood
Black and white line sketches, notes on color, thoughts and ideas are recorded into my sketchbooks. It is these sketchbooks, as well as memories, that become the departure point for each painting. Color, marks and brushstrokes are built up in layers, which are then sanded away to obscure or reveal the history beneath– working intuitively until a final layer of suggested imagery emerges. I strive to transcend the traditional landscape into one that evokes feeling.
I graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Massachusetts and continued my studies at the Massachusetts College of Art graduate program in Boston. I've exhibited in New York and Boston and I am currently represented by:
Left Bank Gallery
25 Commercial Street
Sunne Savage Gallery
135 Cambridge Street