Where do you find your inspiration for your work?
Mostly from the everyday. I am working on living each moment. I also heavily rely on mass media, such as magazines or blogs that others write. I read a ton of books every year.
Describe you creative process. Do you have any patterns, routines, or rituals when you are in your studio?
I think the most notable part of my process is that I do not have patterns, routines, or rituals. I simply love to make things and when something is not working I will move on to something else. If nothing is working I hug my dogs or my people, take a walk, or take a nap. I what to "work harder" but it seems this does not work for the creative process, I need to feel energized and excited to work, so instead I work hard to be ready to work.
Tell us about your current show __________.
I do not have a current show. And I unfortunately I do not have my paintings in a gallery at this time. However, if you are in Arizona, I do have issues of SuzZine at Wasted Ink Zine Distro in Phoenix. And The Teeny Tiny Zine Library has a few issues of SuzZine in the Bay Area, California.
Tell us about someone who has been a major influence in your life.
My children. They keep teaching me.
What are you currently working on?
My zine, it is a monthly publication and a huge commitment. A dream project would be to illustrate a book of poems that someone else writes and edits—so drawing for the zine every month is opening the gates to this possibility for me (I hope). I have been sewing paper on and off again since February 2021, so I am beginning to wonder what kind of work I will make with this activity as a part of the visual language in a series of paintings.
What has been the highlight of your career, so far?
Gosh, I don't think this way. I am on a continual improvement plan with my work. So I guess the highlight will be the next thing I do or make and then the thing after that, and so on.
What is your favorite movement in art?
None. Categorizing and labeling things has never interested me. I am much more interested in connections I see, or whether a painting or piece of art invokes an emotional reaction for me. I think in part this stems from the lack of representation of the creative work of women in art history books and museums. However, this is continually improving (too slowly) so I am very glad of this. Oh wait, I also might want to meet the artists who were a part of the Surrealist movement—especially those that made drawings.
If you could have dinner with any 3 artists, living or dead, who would you choose?
Whomever you think I should meet who is alive today. Three is limiting and limited thinking, but also I am an introvert and often feel awkward in group settings. If I was the 4th at a table of artists I'd likely be listening and little talking.
I recently saw a post on melting ice people: Here. I thought I'd share. So you see, there is so much interesting stuff going on, always! I'm game to show up and look and listen!
©2019, Love Note, painting on wood with mixed media collage, 36 x 24 inches.
Buying 1950's style homes or tiny weird living spaces and fixing them up. I love imagining uses of spaces, especially small homes, and making them super functional and practical.
If you weren’t an artist, what do you think you’d be doing?