FACEBOOK PAGE: Susan Glass Northern Michigan Art
ON INSTAGRAM as susan.glass1
BEVELED EDGES FRAMING 8442 M119, Harbor Springs, MI
CROOKED TREE ART CENTER IN PETOSKEY AND IN TRAVERSE CITY, IN THE SALES GALLERIES
I paint to express the spirit of the moment and celebrate the seasons along the Nothtern Shores of Lake Michigan.
Painting "en plein air" engages the senses and becomes a way to pay attention to the ever-changing energy in the natural world. I look for vitality in the patterns of light, the rhythms of a composition and the true colors of a scene.
Harbor Springs Farmer's Market is a favorite site for immersion in color and energy! (above photo by Hannah Bianchi)
Watercolor has been my primary medium since moving full-time to Northern Michigan. Originally inspired by Expressionist works of Emil Nolde and early landscapes of Georgia O'Keefe, I continue to explore watercolor and the many ways it can be descriptive, direct, and surprising.
Other inspiration for color and composition include: the quilts of Gee's Bend, Folk and Outsider art, the paintings of Henri Matisse, David Hockney, Joan Mitchell, and Alma Thomas.
Originally from the Detroit area, I returned to study at Wayne State University for an M.A. in painting, after earning a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan. I established a studio practice in the artists' loft space, the Brooklyn Building, to be part of the lively urban art scene in downtown Detroit. There, I produced a body of work in oil on glass, using recycled windows. With their readymade grid and interesting aura, old windows became a a means to put the viewer in the immediate scene.
As a teacher, I learn from my students and continue to find new ways to see. Retired as Adjunct Professor at North Central Michigan College, where I taught Drawing and Composition and Life Drawing,. I now teach private watercolor and plein air classes.