there was a little girl who fancied herself an artist. The first
picture she remembers drawing was of a very elegant lady all dressed
up and wearing pearls. In her eyes the drawing was perfect. Years
later she saw the drawing and realized that the eyes of a three
year old viewed the world differently than the eyes of an 8 year
Her first really independent act,
at the age of four, was to dress herself for her preschool annual
photo. She had a specific outfit she loved. It was a turquoise corduroy
jumper over a white knit top. The extra touch was the red bandana
that just set it off. If her mother hadn't been working nights and
therefore not available in dressing her, she could have never pulled
it off. She was so proud! Her mother was later dismayed.
Years went by. She focused most
of her energies at academics knowing she would need to garner a
scholarship if she wished to go to college. In high school she met
and fell in love with Jon. They got married; had a son. She completed
high school attending night classes. She carried her son across
the stage with her at graduation- a deliberate slam to her “guidance
counselor” who had told she’d have to quit school if
she was pregnant.
They later had a second son. She
focused her creative energies on rearing the boys and building the
business she and her husband had started. Eventually the boys grew
up and left home and the business was sold. Finally, it was time
for her to get back to that dream if being an artist.
Over the years her sewing skills
had developed simply as a life skill. If she wanted new clothes
she had to sew them herself as monies earned went to family living
expenses. Eventually she became very skilled at working with fabrics.
Knowing only that she was an artist
she took classes in clay sculpture—hoping to someday become skilled
enough to consider herself a professional. One day she saw a photo
of a jacket made as wearable art. It was an ah-ha moment. She realized
she already had top notch level skills in fiber and could immediately
create at a professional level. Not too long after that she directed
her artistic talents on creating art quilts.
While creating art quilts Susan
flirts with multiple surface design techniques- image transfer,
stenciling, stamping, silk screens, freehand painting, dyeing, beads,
etc. Every time someone buys one of her artworks she is very grateful.
It allows her to live her dream.