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Artist Susan Tobey White


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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 30 years.  I am known mostly for my paintings of faceless dancers and food series which are full of energy and color.
One of my most asked questions about the dancers is, “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. 
Another question is. 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!  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 repeat the process using 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 4’x4’ 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 [...]

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