Artist Susan Mortensen

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I suppose that my artistic biography is that my art life has been put mostly on hold.  Waiting for a better time to do it.  It was on hold while I was having babies and raising my daughters.  My equipment and supplies were packed, unpacked and repacked as we moved from place to place.  Each time I felt the pangs of regret that I still hadn't painted like I wanted to.  The children grew up, the moving continued, and I found myself dealing with autoimmune disease, depression and anxiety.  I don't want this to sound like I am giving excuses or wanting sympathy.  It is just the way it was.  I will be honest--I do wish that I did not spend all of those years in pain.  But I think that the one thing art gave me during that time was something to look forward to.  During the darkest times it was kind of my light at the end of the tunnel.  Something to hold on to and hope for something better.
I am cautiously hopeful that now that I have a bit of a handle on the illnesses (a healthy diet and lifestyle are essential) I will be able to put a lot more time and effort into painting.  It will be exciting to see where this goes, as I am seeing some changes in subject matter and style.  I was very much a realist in the past, but now I am totally enjoying the freedom of abstract painting.  I think ultimately I want to find a way to combine the two.  I think there will be a lot of exploring happening on my canvases--exploring color, composition, materials, and subjects.  I am at this time going to disregard the advice to stick to one thing while I figure out if I [...]

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