Artist Sue Krzyston

An example of fine art by Sue Krzyston

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  • FASO Artist Website: http://www.suekrzyston.com

  • Year Born: 1948

  • Southwestern still life

  • light filled, 3 dimensional still life

  • detailed paintings of Native American artifacts

  • Price Range: $1,700.00 - $13,000.00

The Artist Says:

"I feel pure joy when I combine the many textures of the artifacts that I paint with light and shadow linking these pieces together, and try to tell a story about the relationship that they have with each other."


Surrounded in her home by the Native American Indian artifacts that she collects and paints, Sue Krzyston believes that these objects represent the "soul" of the people who create them. "I strive to capture that feeling on canvas by using the nuance and essence of an object and utilize the effects of light and shadow to depict the beautiful and varied textures of each item that I select for my compositions. Light is so important in making the artifacts relate to each other. I try to make the inanimate objects come alive in the  glowing warmth of the light.
Since Sue lives in Arizona and often goes to Santa Fe, she is always on the hunt for interesting new pottery, baskets and artifacts that "speak" to her to incorporate in her paintings. "I am always inspired by the artisans whose work I collect and feel that my paintings are an 'art form within  art'".
Krzyston's many collectors comment on the three dimensional realism that she achieves in each painting. They say that they feel like they could pick up a piece of the glowing pottery, feel the texture of a rug or pluck a bead off a intricately painted moccasin.
Since she is a self-taught artist, Krzyston has developed her own painting techniques. "I  admire the Dutch masters paintings. I use the rich dark backgrounds that they used, to accentuate the light-filled foreground." She uses many thin glazes of paint to achieve the rich glow of an object, and builds paint in many layers in the highly realistic beads that she paints on the moccasins so that they actually appear to be real beads.
 Sue is also known for her traditional Still-life paintings featuring cobalt vases, lace, copper, porcelain and fruit. She was honored to have been commissioned by a fruit and vegetable [...]

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