Size: 12"W x 9"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
Little in this world motivates me, or excites my passion more than creating a painting.
I was raised in New England, the daughter of a third generation wholesale florist and as such, spent my childhood playing and working in greenhouses full of flowers. Almost daily I experienced the visual cacophony of these blooms; in row upon row in their beds, through the stages of their growth and finally bundled together awaiting market. As I witnessed and participated in the care taken with every plant through each stage of cultivation I began to understand the immense effort required to bring about the beauty I had previously taken for granted.
These childhood memories continue to influence my choices with regard to subject matter and I have found my “new flowers” - my paintings, require the same disciplined nurturing to grow as those I had enjoyed as a child.
Sue Dion’s studio is located in the quaint town of Uxbridge, a little known but highly visible enclave in the beautiful Blackstone Valley of Central Massachusetts where her studio and gallery serve to protect the creative class from the elitist tyranny of artist snobbery. In Sue’s studio, class-ism doesn’t exist and everyone drinks good wine. Welcome to Art for the 99%. Sue is the next to the youngest from a brood of seven children raised by a third generation wholesale florist. Sue learned many things growing up among her siblings in those rambling glass houses. It was here that she developed a lifelong love of flowers, here where she learned that beauty requires a lot of hard work to nurture into being and alas; here, where she learned that the child labor laws of the early 1900’s do not apply to family. Becoming a wife an adventure that would last fifteen years and cover almost as many states in the union. It’s still a mystery how she returned to us an artist; yet return to us as such she did and proceeded to pursue her dreams by doing the obvious. She continued to paint and opened a teaching studio and custom picture framing shop (well, she had to make money somehow didn’t she?) Sue attributes the tenacity which has facilitated her raging success as an artist to her ancestor, Mister Samuel Whittemore This is Sue’s maiden name, for those of you who are keeping notes for a future book. At the age of 80, Mr. Whittemore killed three British soldiers (presumably during a time of war). The elderly gentleman was shot, bayonetted, beaten and left for dead but recovered and lived to be 98 years of age. Most days you will find Sue in her studio, tirelessly pursuing her elusive muse while simultaneously placing a paint brush into the unsuspecting hands of all who wander in. Fear not though, she really does know good wine!