Sue works primarily with acrylic, mixed media and encaustic in a loose and colorful style, using multiple textures. She considers herself an experimental painter and often incorporates elements such as ink, graphite, paper, clay and whatever other things she happens across. Whether she is painting figures, still life, landscape or abstract, the subject is simply a vehicle for the color and stroke. Working from her imagination, she goes wherever the painting takes her and often works on several paintings simultaneously. She calls her work Joyful Art because creating it brings such joy to her.
I am an intuitive or process painter, and I usually do not know where a painting is going when I start it. Whatever I am painting comes from my imagination, and the subject is merely a vehicle for the color and stroke. I continually experiment with new mediums and tools to create my work, and my work is consistently colorful, loose and textured with many layers.
With my non-objective abstract paintings, I usually start laying down textures before I have selected a palette. The textures lead me to palette choice, and the palette is usually a warm one. I make decisions about the painting as it develops and sometimes do not know where it is going until I am there, and then I name the piece. Other times, I may make a decision somewhere along the way about what the painting is saying to me, and that leads to the name.
I paint because it brings me great joy, and for me it is about the process or the journey.