Description I was recently commissioned by a local club owner to do a series of famous musicians; having a background as a jazz singer myself, Miles was an easy first choice. I used duochromatic acrylics for the underpaint and iridescent oils and palette knife for the top layers. Even in the print you can clearly see the chunky textures of built up impasto. I chose a cool palette for this work because well, nobody is cooler than Miles. :) This is my small homage to a one of the great legends of Jazz, hope it speaks to you. Warmly: Susi
Susi Franco, NorthEast, by the ocean Member Since March 2007 Artist Statement Although I have a background in the arts , primarily music and writing, I painted sporadically, maybe one work every year or so. It was a passion I did not have time to indulge very often , related to the responsibilities of rearing six children alone and working as an RN to support them.
About 6 years ago my entire life was catapulted from its' usual path by a severe back injury which left me totally disabled, unable to work. Overnight everything I believed in was drastically altered; it seemed my life was stuck in re-wind. The rigors of constant pain and lost independence pushed me into an abyss of depression I was uncertain I had the strength to combat. Because I am allergic to most narcotics, I was also dealing with issues of chronic pain I was at a loss to cope with.
My sister remembered I had always loved to paint, and deeply concerned for my well-being, started sending me student-grade art supplies and subscriptions to various artists' journals to occupy me. It worked. The very first time I put brush to paper, several hours flew by and I realized how diminished my awareness of pain was. I started to study the journals voraciously, painted daily and totally immersed myself in the practice of art. I remembered what it meant to be happy.
I realized I had to make a decision whether to live or die, and I am not ashamed to say Art saved my life, provided me a desperately needed focus that took me outside myself, made me see my world from a different perspective.
What started out as pain-relief blossomed into first a passion and now a way of life, a new career. Art returned to me the desire to live and thrive and create, equipped me with the tools necessary to survive.
As you look at my work you are seeing my physical pain, only transmogrified into another form, just as ice assumes another form as it melts into water. Art is my vehicle for discharging the negativity of suffering; I believe it can do that for not only the artist, but the viewer as well.
My style tends toward Post-Impressionist with a strong Fauvist influence, and I am quite fond of Abstract Expressionism. Most people are surprised to learn I use old world classic techniques to create contemporary works. I make serious commitment to the study of art; I move in evolution through various periods in my work and absorb something of each one, further flavoring my art. My style is always changing; I am quite purposeful in that regard.
Although the three dimensional qualities of oils consistently astounds & delights me, I find excitement in the potential of any creative medium and am always experimenting, learning, attempting.
Thank you for your support of living artists, and I leave you with the words of Pablo Picasso:
"Art washes away the dust of everyday living'....
I can tell you with authority, Pablo was right.
Warmly, Susi Franco
www.susifranco.com AND http://susifrancodailypaintings.blogspot.com/
permanent exhibits in China, Spain; transient exhibits in Italy and Canada
Winner of Second Prize in the
2006 Expositione Ruiz Aznar Cultural Center, Granada, Spain
Winner Honorable Mention, 2005 BIRD Show,
Jiulan Cultural Center, Beijing, China
Resident Artist, Galerie Bel Age, the Hamptons, NY
Resident Artist, Mariners Framing Gallery, Narragansett, RI
Seasonal Exhibits in major NE shows, some international shows
Enthusiastically Collected by private collectors from California to Maine, Fla to Oregon, & many
Author of the book "Angels With Stethoscopes" at www.Amazon.com