Artist Statement, by Susan Benson Todd info@SusanBensonTodd.com (Resumes available)
I think it is important to be a versatile artist and try new things. I can work in different styles such as realism, impressionism, and abstract Art.
I often work in series (up to 4) of a style or theme which I am passionate about. Often they become “looser” with later pieces.
Some artists focus more on the realistic or representational techniques and subject matter. This in itself becomes the emphasis. My thought is to not reinvent the wheel, but just take a photo!... or use photos differently.
Creativity is a different gift. It involves how our brains are wired. We use it in our daily lives, not just while doing art. In my case it determines the uniqueness or freshness of my art. Mine involves an imaginative use of ideas or subject matter, but creates a fresh and pleasing visual.
Sometimes thoughts which need to be told, as a troubling concept or event. The subject can be be adapted with symbolism in an unexpected “style” such as playful repletion of lines, emotional arousing colors, or a loose painterly technique. A strong composition can also enhance a piece and make it interesting. I experiment with different compositions to make it interesting.
Finally, manipulation with an artistic style can combine the serious with the playful, or twist something “familiar into unexpected ways,” as an art critic once said.
!Vive el Arte!