SUSAN LIPSCHUTZ, SOMERSET Member Since January 2011 Artist Statement While advances in the rapidly changing world of technology sometimes lead to jobless or other adverse circumstances, the computer age for me has been a great blessing - allowing me to shift gears in mid-career, and enjoy the creative experience from a new and more satisfying perspective. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, one of my goals was to become a professional photographer. I studied at the International Center of Photography, and then at the New School - both in New York City. Along with marriage and raising three children, I was fortunate to include a successful career as a portrait photographer. From a purely artistic standpoint, however, something was always missing. And then.......with the availability of creative computer software, came the magical means to capture the miracles of Nature (color, form, light etc.) via my camera lens and transform them into photographic paintings - my own artform that I call "Graphic Expressionism". It gives me the freedom to create canvases in many forms - impressionistic,abstract,contemporary,charcoal and colored pencil sketches. The satisfaction I derive from my work stems from multiple sources. Mother Nature is my silent beneficent partner. The great Impressionists are my inspiration. But, the form and color found in more abstract and contemporary artists have inspired me as well. Creative technology affords me the privilege of adding my small contribution to the vast legacy of beauty that Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, Picasso, Miro and others left for us to share.