September 1, 5PM – 7PM • 25 Central Square, Seaside, FL | First Friday Art Walk
Susan Lucas: Mystery, Moods and Memories
On Friday, September 1, 2017, please join Anne Hunter Galleries for the Seaside First Friday Art Walk, from 5PM – 7PM, at 25 Central Square to view the works by well-known local artist Susan Lucas as we celebrate the opening of her show that will run for the month of September.
Lucas has gained national recognition for her nature-inspired acrylic paintings with a contemporary edge and sophisticated color. Her work appears in national magazines and she has shown at ArtExpo New York. She has been a Beaches of South Walton Artist of the Year. The paintings in this exhibit have been selected for their representations of the area.
A long-time resident of South Walton, Susan finds inspiration all around her. “My earliest memory is of being outdoors, captivated by the play of light and shadow. It’s still true, I love being in nature, and I remain fascinated by the lights, colors and shapes I see there.” The artists describes her artistic style, “Memories and emotions inspire me to paint particular places. I use color to express mood and meaning. These paintings are my response to the beach, lakes, bay, and trees I am fortunate to have around me. They resonate with special memories, as we all have of this special place. I want to share the beauty of this area with you through my painting.”
Known for her contemporary edge and sophisticated, she is an original oasis in the a town with a ever-growing art scene, “Landscape is my muse,” says Lucas, who seems to find inspiration at every turn. “My recent body of work explores views remembered, evoking the mystery, moods, and memories I find there.” From the creative playground of her Santa Rosa Beach studio strokes the canvas with her brushes of color, “My paintings condense and give visual form to the experience of place. I apply acrylic paint in many layers so the surface is enriched with subtle changes of colors, textures, and values. Details emerge and are submerged.” Each work by the artist is a dance between abstraction and representation; complexity and simplicity between the two-dimensional surface and the three-dimensional subject. “I paint to please the eye and touch the heart.”
Anne Hunter Galleries is located at 25 Central Square, in the heart of Seaside. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org; 214-641-1048; www.annehuntergalleries.com.
About the Artist:
Susan Lucas is a professional artist, known for paintings with a contemporary edge and sophisticated color. Her work is in the tradition of the post-impressionists, with their interest in color and a semi-abstracted landscape. Susan’s paintings condense and give visual form to the experience of place. Each work is inspired by a particular experience or memory and exists on the edge between representation and abstraction. Using acrylic paints on canvas, the paint is applied in many layers, so the surface is enriched with subtle changes of colors, textures, and values. Details emerge and are submerged. Each painting expresses feelings or memories about a particular place.Each work is a dance between abstraction and representation, complexity and simplicity, the two-dimensional surface and the three-dimensional subject. A full-time resident of Santa Rosa Beach, FL since 1999, Susan works in her studio just steps from the beach.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky and a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis she has lived and traveled in many places in this country and internationally, which enriched her art through different teachers, traditions, and experienceShe studied art at Virginia Intermont College, East Tennessee State University, and with inspiring workshop Instructors. Susan’s paintings are in galleries, homes, corporate, and university collections nationwide. She has exhibited and won awards in numerous regional and national shows.Â She is recognized as a significant regional artist, nationally as “one to watch,” and was the Beaches of South Walton Artist of the Year (2004). Her work has been featured in books, magazines and newspapers. In addition to creating art, Susan teaches and serves as an art coach, acts as an arts advocate in the community, and juries art shows.