Suzy Schultz

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Suzy Schultz

United States

Suzy Schultz is an artist whose paintings and drawings explore the themes of longing, struggle and the spiritual search for home.

Suzy has little formal art training, but was exposed to art at an early age through her mother, who is a painter.  She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Mathematics Education and taught high school for 4 1/2 years.  Taking a leave of absence, she spent a year overseas in Poland.  On returning, she did some part-time graphic design work for a local missions agency, and was eventually hired to help with their publications.  There she was mentored and nurtured in her artistic talent, and encouraged to paint for illustrations used in the magazine.  When her mentor and boss left to go on the mission field six years later, she was told she needed to leave her job and paint full time, which she did.

She has painted full-time since 1995, and has won many awards for her work. Her work has been featured in American Art Collector, Drawing, Watercolor Magic and The Art of Watercolour magazines. She has also had work published in Strokes of Genius 2, 3 and 6 and Art Journey:  People, Northlight Publishers, Splash 13 and Splash 21, F & W Media and Oxford American.  Her work has been juried into many shows, most recently The Philadelphia Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, American Watercolor Society, San Diego Watercolor Society, Southern Watercolor Society, Fort Wayne Museum of Art Contemporary Realism Biennial, and “Georgia Artists Select Georgia Artists” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta, GA.  She is a 2018 and 2019 Art Renewal Center Salon Finalist.

Most recently, Suzy has ventured into street art, taking the fine art of the studio outside, onto sides of buildings.  Her murals can be seen in Atlanta, GA and St. Petersburg, FL.

Suzy writes of her work:

There is a first innocence – a beauty that is young, unmarred, untested.

There is a second innocence – one in which the beauty is a result of the scars borne from the battles of life.  I am interested in this second innocence.  

I work the surface.  I sand, layer, and scar, wanting to reproduce a piece that has a patina of age, and it is out of these surfaces that figures emerge.  I seek figures, faces that seem to be familiar with the tensions of life.  That bear some battle scars.  And yet, have victory, even if a crippled or limping one.

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