Everyone who sees my artwork asks that question, so I decided to use it as my tag line. Some people say it looks like watercolor or oil painting. I tried everything from oil painting to screen printing. Colored pencils, though, are perfect for drawing precise details in a realistic style. My favorite subjects are simple, everyday objects. I use bold, bright colors and I love to incorporate shiny, reflective surfaces. My paintings (I prefer to call my artwork “paintings” similar to pastel artists) are done on archival paper. I layer many colors, often six to twelve layers, until they are vivid and saturated.
I was born and raised in
I’m married, have two adult children and three (with one on the way) grandchildren. Although I began my college career in art, my degree is in education. I taught for over twenty years. I didn’t do anything artistic for a long time, but the itch returned a year ago. Facing my 60th birthday, I felt it was now or never. My goal was to see if I could truly be an “artist.” My daughter created a web site for me, www.susietenzer.com. I started a Facebook business page: www.facebook.com/SusieTenzerArt and Twitter: www.twitter.com/susietenzer. I opened a shop on Etsy www.susietenzer.etsy.com and Artfire: www.susietenzer.artfire.com. I sold my artwork at a local boutique and had a painting juried into a gallery show. I became a juried member of the Missouri Artisans’ Association (the Best of Missouri Hands). What a whirlwind year! St. Louis, Mo.
It was serendipity. On Etsy, I met a lot of talented artists. Several months ago I met Mary Nasser http://www.marycnasser.com/ who connected me to artist and gallery owner Heather Haymart http://www.heatherhaymart.com/. Heather invited me to show my work in her gallery, Wood Icing http://www.chesterfield.woodicing.com/. What a thrill! I truly feel I accomplished my goal of becoming an artist. Did you see the movie, “City Slickers” with Billy Crystal? He said it’s all about finding the one thing that’s important to you.