By the Lake

12.00"W x 16.00"H x 2.0"D

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Suzanne DeCuir


Medium: Collage

Subject Tags: impressionist, contemporary, figure, mixed-media, landscape

Media: oil, paint, charcoal

Size: 12"W x 16"H x 2"D

Year Created: 2018

Ready to Hang

I spotted this lifeguard at the lake and felt she looked as though she was enjoying the day as much as scanning the water, watching the swimmers. I like to emphasize shapes that I like, and the umbrella and chair both have interesting lines. I enjoy building up texture using several layers of color. This piece is oil on an Ampersand board with a built-in birch cradle frame so it is ready to hang.

From parked cars to waterways, from city streets to solitary figures, I am interested in the simple elements of shape and line. Most recently I have become interested in aerials which are already tilting toward abstraction. I like to take a reductive approach, stripping a landscape of detail so that color and shape can play a more important role than details. I often introduce competing dynamics - motion and stillness, color and lack of color, strong lines and amorphous shapes. I am not worried about covering every inch of the canvas with layers of paint; sometimes leaving a little unfinished, unresolved area makes the piece more interesting, at least to me. I paint in acrylics and oils. I am a third generation painter, following in the footsteps of my grandmother, a still life artist, and my father, a landscape painter. I have studied painting at the Loyola Rome Center and at the Otis College of Art and Design. It took me a good while to realize that art was my passion; this delay explains my BA and MA in English from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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