Featured Artist Suzanne Aulds

Suzanne Aulds translates a love of beauty and appreciation of nature into her still life paintings and landscapes. See more of her portfolio by visit her website.

 

painting of a row of white Adirondack chairs by Suzanne Aulds

“Adirondacks Squared” oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″

 

My life has always revolved around art. When I was a child, I always preferred coloring and drawing to playing outside with the other children. Art allowed me to communicate with others in my own language while building my confidence and honing my skills.

 

painting of tomatoes on fabric by Suzanne Aulds

“Tomatoes” oil on canvas, 24″ x 24″

 

After experimenting with many mediums, I discovered oils and fell in love. While I occasionally use watercolor, and always draw in graphite or pastel pencil, most of my work is oil-based.

 

still life painting of vases and flowers by Suzanne Aulds

“Harmony” oil on canvas, 24″ x 30″

 

I am inspired by beauty. I find it in nature and in the elements within my immediate environment. My still life paintings are created by carefully selecting elements that will both harmonize and contrast with one another.

 

still life painting of white roses on a white background by Suzanne Aulds

“Beauty” oil on canvas, 36″ x 36″

 

Color, composition, texture and shape are painted with an eye towards how the various elements combine to create a cohesive whole. I sometimes employ a limited palette, to produce work of serene beauty.

 

painting of a goldfinch perched on an orange by Suzanne Aulds

“Goldfinch” oil on canvas, 12″ x 12″

 

Alternately, I use complementary colors when my intention is to create a more vibrant work of art. My overall aim is to create work that is technically excellent and visually striking.

 

landscape painting of kayaks at Moss Creek Marina by Suzanne Aulds

“Moss Creek Marina” oil on canvas, 48″ x 24″

 

My landscape paintings are inspired by an arresting color, or an interesting combination of man-made and natural elements. I love the contrast between the colors and textures of nature versus those that have been manufactured. For example, my series of kayak paintings were born of my fascination with the bright, crayon colors of the kayaks, nestled within the quiet environment of the marsh. This contrast is simultaneously exciting and yet tranquil—the balance, perfect.

 

still life painting of a teapot by Suzanne Aulds

“Lena’s Teapot” oil on canvas, 20″ x 16″

 

I work in my studio, mostly from photographic reference. My still lifes are carefully composed in my studio, from which I take many photographs, and select the one with the strongest composition.

 

landscape painting with a brown church by Suzanne Aulds

“The Door is Always Open” oil on canvas, 24″ x 24″

 

My landscapes, obviously, are photographed outside, but the rest of the creative process is the same as with still life. The drawing is the foundation upon which the painting is built, so it must be perfect.

 

painting of a European Robin perched on a lemon by Suzanne Aulds

“European Robin” oil on canvas, 12″ x 12″

 

I always paint from background to foreground, large expanses to smallest details. I am finished with the work only once my eye is not able to detect a problem or a flaw.

 

painting of purple coneflowers by Suzanne Aulds

“Coneflowers” oil on canvas, 24″ x 30″

 

I was recently asked if I would paint even if no one were to ever see my work. I thought about it (for about two seconds) and realized that here was no question whatsoever. Art allows me to communicate on a grand scale, and I love to share my paintings with the world, but that was never my main reason for painting. Yes, it allows me to reach many people, which is so gratifying, but the driving force behind my work is the need to create. It satisfies my soul, and I cannot imagine my life without it.

 

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