Painter Susan Miller-Havens uses portraiture to bring relationships to the forefront. Enjoy her fascinating portfolio, and be sure to visit her website for more.
The blank canvas brings terror or at least uncertainty to most artists. Like the writer, the artist needs time to recharge and believe that the talent and muse will still be within reach for the next piece of work.
My intent is to invite the viewer and subject into a space of visual correspondence. I see the subtleties in life and in relationships as being more powerful than meets the eye.
A colorist at heart, I was influenced by Delacroix’s, Goya’s, and Matisse’s daring use of color to create psychological and geographic depth.
To help the viewer visualize a piece of art in their home, it can be helpful to provide an interior example.
I remain challenged and fascinated by the color white. My light sources are produced using both traditional under-painting and the modern technique of pigment applied directly onto the support with a palette knife.
My “Alive Still Life” invention began when I saw a catcher, stretching out. I noticed that his equipment overtook his body so the image looked like a still life; and yet, he was alive under it all.
“She is one of the very few artists who gets down into the soul of her subject and brings that aspect to life on canvas……….remarkably so” Patrick J. Riley President, The Miami HEAT, Art Collector, Miller-Havens patron
I use both the representational and abstract schools of painting to try to solve the problem of conveying to the viewer what I can see and what I want you to see.
I am honored to have two portraits in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery Washington D.C., to be represented in public and private collections in the US and England and to have exhibited in museums and galleries. An Arts in Education advocate, I served on the AIE Advisory Council at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
My first 20-year career was in the world of psychology, my second 20 years in art. I received Honors in Studio Art from Wellesley College and a Doctorate in Human Development from The Harvard School of Education.
My goal is to bring to the viewer, via the two dimensional picture plane, a three dimensional sense of psychological ambiguity and timelessness.