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Artist Susan Mortensen


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Biography


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.  But I mention it because during this time, art gave me something to look forward to.  During the darkest times it was my light at the end of the tunnel and an important part of my recovery.  Something to hold on to and hope for something better.
 
I am happy to report that I have of a handle on the illnesses (a healthy diet and lifestyle are essential) I am 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 what that one thing might be.  
 
So the waiting is over.  The kids are grown.  The illnesses are under control and [...]

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