Full Artist's statement
I make marks. Big and little. Thick and thin. Dark and light. Smooth, bumpy, square, round, curvy, and straight marks.
I draw inspiration from nature -- people, places and things -- and then turn them upside down and sideways. Sometimes I work directly from a model, landscape or still-life. At other times I conjure images from memory. I keep working on the surface, building layers, using color, line, shape and plane changes until the image feels mysterious, interesting and exciting.
I've been an artist for more than 30 years -- a potter, a printmaker, and now a painter. Whatever the medium, I am a mark-maker.
You can see more images on my website, www.susanfinsen.com.
I am a founding member of the The Torpedo Factory Art Center, where I have been a resident artist since 1974.