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Ashland Gallery Guide 49 small works, cards, prints, and painted home portraits in the Italianesque hill town. They started missing the west coast, and on a visit to Florence, OR where Bob’s sisters live, decided on Oregon. She feels they have finally landed after their third move in Jacksonville, and they plan to add a second story to the garage for Susan’s real studio. She has lots of art crated in the garage, unopened in seven years. While settling into the valley she has become acquainted with art circles via workshops. Learning encaustic from Dianne Erickson, finer points in plein air from Eric Sandgren, four years with the Jacksonville Artists Workshop, and a year with Art Presence in the old courthouse brought her many friends and influences in the area. She got involved with figure drawing in college where she honed her elegant contour line work. Currently, she joins a group every Tuesday at Kim Faucher’s studio. “I love all media,” Susan explains as she shows the inks, pastels, charcoals and watercolors in her temporary studio. She’s back in acrylic now, working on a landscape with clouds rolling in, started on a recent trip to Cape Sebastian. There are layers of glazes building delicate fog forms in the solid green headlands. The tidiness of her studio illustrates the kind of control she has in her medium. Fine art skills are also the skills applied to design when called upon. Many framed works we saw were landscape details in dry media and watercolors, “incorporating mystery, light source and soft edges.” They had a delicacy of line with the illusion of a solid place one could enter. Having taught foundation courses, she has no trouble starting a piece, and then she allows the piece to pull her in. Her advice is, “never leave a painting unhappy – always find something good. When asked of her infuences, Cezanne moved her at 19. Currently it is the Impressionist masters, Degas, and Vuillard for their atmosphere and light. Susan also mentioned Beatrix Potter, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, and James and Andrew Wyeth. The long row of her journals clearly represent a habit of study in art. She has done commissions but feels at her best painting for herself, feeling confident that her paintings go to a good home. A mentor’s advice to her was: “Follow your own path and never waver. Never compromise or feel you need to change to follow the trendsetters, or what’s popular in the moment.” We are born as ourselves, and as artists we spend our lives expressing that self. See Susan DeRosa’s listing on page 28


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