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Artist Susan Helen Strok


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Biography


Susan holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of Maryland and continues to study classical drawing and oil painting with Master Artists.  She has worked as an illustrator, taught workshops, and offers her work through shows, exhibits and her website.  Her art hangs in many collections across the US.  
 
A Contemporary Figurative Artist, Susan uses classical, realist techniques to create her painting and drawings.  A mystical influence pervades her treatment of figures, objects, and animals sparked by her love of world mythology.  As a child, she loved how the art connected her to the stories.  She is inspired by the world's interplay of magic and reality to tell stories with her own art.
 
Susan is currently creating a body of work in sepia toned paint inspired by old family photographs.  She is fascinated by the subtle expressiveness of using muted tones and the mysterious sensation of timelessness that it offers.  By painting her long ago family, she is telling their stories and celebrating her history.  A sense of nostalgia created by her paintings captures the interest of the viewer and perhaps prompts them to think of their own history. 
 
In order to stay connected with the art world, she is a member of the following groups:  The Portrait Society of America, The International Guild of Realism, Oil Painters of America, National Oil & Acrylic Painters Society, American Women Artists, and the Colored Pencil Society of America.
 
Below is a glimpse Susan's studio.  It's a bit small, but she says it has everything she needs.  This is one end.  At the other end is her computer and printer work space, where she can edit the old photographs to create the composition she wants. 
 
 

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