Featured Artist Susan Straub-Martin

Susan Straub-Martin is the passionate artist and owner of Strauberry Studios and Galleries. Visit Susan’s website for more information and her complete portfolio.

 

digital collage of a grizzly bear by Susan Straub-Martin

“American Life – Grizzly Bear” digital collage, 24″ x 24″

 

I am the chief creative at Strauberry Studios and Galleries. Since the last publication to this site I have written and illustrated seven children’s books featuring my original buddies who then came to life as stuffed buddies for hugs and bedtime reading. Later this year they will be “cut and sew” patterns on Spoonflower.com. The books are available on Amazon as traditional or Kindle books.

 

digital collage portrait of a Golden Retriever by Susan Straub-Martin

“Golden Boy” digital collage, 24″ x 24″

 

A little over four years ago I got very, very ill from severe septic shock and almost died as a result of it. It took nearly eighteen months to recover. I ended up losing parts of all of the fingers on my right hand. In learning to do everything over again, I learned the most important thing—that life is short. Why not continue to create art?

 

digital collage of a crow and the moon by Susan Straub-Martin

“Crow Moon” digital collage, 24″ x 24″

 

As I returned to creating new work, my style had begun to grow in whole new ways. I learned how to create my own patterning which is unique to the small series that I do. As I learned to do more with digital watercolor and cut papers, I began to incorporate them into my work.

 

digital collage of a stylized bear by Susan Straub-Martin

“Bear” digital collage, 24″ x 24″

 

I started as a traditional artist, learning composition, color theory and art history. I use these traditional ideals in the creation of each piece. To me, the use of a computer is just like any other art tool—you need to know the basics and you need to develop a style that is yours and yours alone.

 

digital collage of a brown cow by Susan Straub-Martin

“Miss Moo” digital collage, 24″ x 24″

 

Many people in the art business have not yet embraced digital works. They think all you do is click a button and an image comes to life. That is so far from the truth.

 

digital collage of a crow in flight by Susan Straub-Martin

“Flight Risk” digital collage, 24″ x 24″

 

I start with an idea of what the series is going to be, then I research elements that I need for the patterning. The patterning alone can take up to forty hours.

 

digital collage of plovers on the beach by Susan Straub-Martin

“Piping Plovers” digital collage, 24″ x 24″

 

I then set about creating the other element for the series. On average, most pieces take eighty to one hundred hours to create. At this time, I am starting a small series featuring horses. How they move, trot and race. Horses, like dogs, have a spirit that gives a person solace.

 

digital collage of a black and white cow by Susan Straub-Martin

“Fido Cowlo” digital collage, 24″ x 24″

 

I call my style of art “Whimsical Digital Collage.” I love to create joy with the animals I paint by bringing my heart and my love to my pieces with the addition of flowers. I have been very humbled by the amount of juried shows across the country I have had the honor of participating in.

 

digital collage of a polar bear by Susan Straub-Martin

“Twinkle” digital collage, 24″ x 24″

 

I am hoping one day to support myself, my husband and our dog Snickerdoodle with my art. In the near future, I am also hoping to give back to the hospital that saved my life by creating a series of art for the children’s wing.

 

digital collage of a sheep and a crow by Susan Straub-Martin

“Ewe Inspire Me…to Knit” digital collage, 24″ x 24″

 

I find I can glean a spark for an idea from just about anything. Each new series presents I embark on brings new challenges and that is what really inspires me. Along, of course, with music, nature, color, friends, family, joy and my dog Snickerdoodle.

 

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