Artist: Susan McAlister
Title of piece:
A Great Day in Fort Wayne
Inspiration behind piece: A fun relaxing day to me is to spend it with girlfriends. The day includes chatting over a laid-back meal while catching up on each other’s dreams and escapades. Imagine the laughter as we shop and try to introduce silly accessories to one conservative style or visit a pet boutique and walk out with a tutu for a bulldog. That is fun! You know you have achieved a great day when shop owners smile at your camaraderie. Fort Wayne has unique boutiques and fabulous finds… This piece reflects that great day with my friends!
1. What does art mean to you?
The creative arts and music are my balance. I have a “left brain” career at Parkview Health, spending my days working with numbers, regulations and planning. I love my career but when I get home and unwind… I play my harp. Music shifts my brain to the “right” and opens up all the possibilities of creativity… art is my balance and my refuge.
2. What is your favorite medium?
I enjoy acrylics and watercolor. I think I have always been drawn to acrylics because it is a fast drying paint and I can get a piece completed in a weekend. My schedule does not allow for work that takes days and layers of application. When I have an inspiration I need to get it done! By combining acrylics and watercolor, I can interchange the subject as the focal point with acrylics and surround with watercolor or vice-versa. The watercolor can take its own shape and flow. When I feel precise and methodological– out come the acrylics alone.
3. Where do you most prefer to work on your art?
My ideal space is surrounded by nature. Nothing gets your creative juices flowing like the chirping of birds, flowing water and flowers. When I cannot be outside I work in front of large window overlooking water and trees, have music playing throughout the house and my dog at my side.
4. What inspires you most?
My faith and my mother. My faith has provided me with many gifts and with those gifts I share. My mother was/is my encouragement. She was an award-winning artist and had the uncanny ability to capture the essence of a person in her portraits. As a child she was relentless that I become a musician. She always told me, “Music was the door to all things creative.” What a wise woman.
5. Who is/are your biggest supporters?
My biggest supporters are my family. My husband “freely” commissions my work to others. If there is a blank wall in someone’s house he offers my services. Love IS blind ☺ Support comes in many forms. Last week my son was looking at a large piece I painted of people dancing. When I look at the piece I see people dancing to jazz, eyes closed swaying to the beat of the saxophone. He sees people dressed from the ‘70s trying to make a move on each other. Art has a different meaning to everyone!
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