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Artist Susan Tobey White


An example of fine art by Susan Tobey White

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

  • Year Born: N/A

  • Price Range: $125.00 - $8,500.00
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Biography


Artist Statement 
I create because I must.  It’s a need. 
 
I have been a full time working artist in Maine for the last 20 years.  I am known for my paintings of faceless dancers, food series and Lobstering Women of Maine series which are full of energy and color.
 
“Why dance?  I have learned that my best paintings come from the heart. NO, I am not a dancer, but give me good music, a large canvas and paint...guaranteed... dancers will appear...I am usually moving when I paint!  Why no faces?” My answer: I realized it was not necessary. My dancers are about the motion, the emotion and the colors and patterns of dance. 
 
 It is a process of embracing the accidents.  I often begin my painting by pouring colors on the canvas, layering them until I begin seeing the forms of the dancers. Then I will draw to define the images, add color with a brush, perhaps pour again, and then define with brush, palette knife, spatula or fingers. It is a constant work of balance.
I took a break from the Dance series. It was harvest season. The lush vegetables were everywhere. The first painting I did of my Veggie series was a 4’x5’ of five onions. Then I painted another 4x4 that I titled The Elegant Eggplants. Since then tomatoes, peppers, blueberries, raspberries, garlic have all been welcome subjects. This was a process of drawing with paint, filling in spaces, wiping away colors and layering with transparent colors.
 
I have had a turn of interest in process and theme by creating a series of the Lobstering Women of Maine.  I am using a more traditional approach to painting as I work on these portraits. I want them to be real and tell the story of these women as well as illustrating  lobstering.  I have [...]

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