SUSAN GLASS NORTHERN MICHIGAN ART
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.
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. As Adjunct Professor in the Art Department of North Central Michigan College, I have taught Drawing and Composition and Life Drawing. I also teach private watercolor and plein air classes.